Cyclists stream across Blackfriars Bridge as new routes open

On the eve of today’s election that will decide his successor at City Hall, two videos posted to social media yesterday highlight the success of Boris Johnson’s flagship Cycle Superhighways.

The North-South Cycle Superhighway is now open from Elephant & Castle to Stonecutter Street, while the East-West route will be officially opened tomorrow morning.

Posting this video of the North-South route to YouTube, Andrew Larssen said: “In places it feels like it is already nearing capacity - amazing after only 3 days.”

Jono Kenyon of Hackney Cycling Campaign also took a video from the northern end of Blackfriars Bridge, where the two routes intersect, and posted it to Twitter.

In November, Mr Johnson said that pushing through infrastructure such as those two major routes had been the biggest political challenge he had ever faced.

He told Assembly Members: “To be honest, this whole Cycle Revolution, which is really under way, is provoking the most incredible backlash, I’ve got to be honest with you.

“I can’t think of anything I’ve ever done that’s provoked such direct remonstrances from everybody. Virtually every senior government minister in one way or another has ticked me off in one way or another for the Cycle Superhighways.

“And every time they do, I get prouder and prouder of what we’re doing, it’s the right way forward for our great city.”

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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.