Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Cycle Superhighway decision will be "marker" for London Mayor

London Cycling Campaign says Sadiq Khan must take requests to improve North-South Cycle Superhighway extension seriously, following consultation

How the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, deals with concerns about new Cycle Superhighway designs will be a test of whether his actions match his words on cycling, says the London Cycling Campaign.

Of more than 1,300 responses to a consultation on a Northern extension of the North-South Cycle Superhighway, released last week, 70% supported the scheme either partially or fully. However, respondents raised a number of safety concerns about the proposals, from the design of junctions, to a lack of directness, to the fact the cycle lane disappears at some bus stops.

The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) will now review the consultation responses and work with boroughs, community groups and other stakeholders before publishing its response, along with how the scheme will proceed, in the Autumn.

Andrew Gilligan tells Sadiq Khan: time is your enemy

The London Cycling Campaign’s Simon Munk says how the mayor, and his Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, proceed will be a marker of how future cycling schemes are tackled, and a test of how well Khan and his team understand the need for safe cycling infrastructure.

Munk told “The new mayor has said he wants to make sure TfL looks at the responses closely, to look at the concerns raised. We think this is going to be a marker of whether the mayor, with Val Shawcross, really understands the need to produce high quality infrastructure.

“If the Mayor and TfL are serious about enabling all ages and abilities to cycle we need to see if they are going to back up his words with actions. We are going to have to see the problems with the North-South [Cycle Superhighway] extension solved.”

The top issue raised in consultation responses was that junctions, crossings and link roads should be improved, the second was the need to make the route longer, more direct or of higher quality. The third most popular concern was that the road changes would increase congestion or pollution.

Designs released for consultation last year show the Cycle Superhighway diverted off the main road onto side streets, which Munk, and consultation respondents, raised concerns about, including the volume of through traffic on some of those streets.

Sadiq Khan says he backs safer, easier cycling as Westway concerns grow

“There really needs to be very serious thought about the fact that people want more segregated cycle tracks and that the quiet sections aren’t quiet enough,” said Munk.  

“There are also a bunch of concerns which say you shouldn’t spend any money on cycling, or that the consultation is too heavily weighted towards cycling; there’s a lot of taxi drivers putting their responses along those lines, but there are also clearly constructive important safety concerns about this scheme being raised.”

He said it is vital the Mayor learns from what happens when cycling concerns are “ignored” in consultation, giving Cycle Superhighway 1 in Hackney as an example. He says the North-South and East-West Cycle Superhighways are “examples of what happens when you put in really good infrastructure.”

1,200 cyclists PER HOUR using new cycle superhighway

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said last week: “The extension of North-South Cycle Superhighway to King’s Cross will make a big difference joining up existing and planned safe cycle routes in this part of London.  It will provide thousands more Londoners with an easier and safer cycling route in central London.”

“Of course, there are lessons to be learned from how previous routes were delivered, including reducing the impact of construction on all road users. I have therefore asked TfL to look very carefully at issues raised by the public to make sure they are properly considered during the process.”

Since the North-South Cycle Superhighway was completed last Autumn, numbers of people cycling across Blackfriars Bridge increased by 55 per cent, and now 70 per cent of all vehicles on the bridge are cycles at the busiest times.

Add new comment


srchar | 7 years ago

Regarding emishi55's point about the outer boroughs, you should see some of the nonsense peddled by - a pressure group which appears to be devoted to ensuring that lazy people can park as close to shop doors as humanly possible. I recommend reading the group's consultation response about the Green Lanes cycle scheme for a good laugh, at

A synopsis:

1. Loss of parking

2. Loss of parking

3. Island bus stops are dangerous, which I agree with. Particularly to cyclists, who aren't mentioned.

4. I quote "there is nothing to prevent motorcycles from using the cycle lanes"

5. Another quote "The narrowing to just 3.0 to 3.2 metres in each direction of the carriageway will prevent stationary buses being overtaken easily... No margin for error has been left."

6. "Closure of entrances and exits to and from local access roads will increase overall traffic levels" - an oxymoron, surely?

7. "Undisciplined bike riders will not restrict themselves to the cycle lanes but also continue to use the road." (I know, you couldn't make it up)

The council will probably listen to these ass-hats.


emishi55 | 7 years ago

He needs to get TfL fully New London Design Standards savvy - and also get them working with local authorities to get the QuietWays sorted out.

Outer boroughs need need measures as desperately as anwhere in the UK, while in the meantime even the fantstic Tavstock Place tracks need help (consultation due September).

Dexpite being an excellent move forward in providing for the increasing population and receiving huge support from the Universities and Hospitals in the area, a tiny group of local NIMBY's are blaming the tracks for air pollution and congestion - and undermining the progress of Camden councillors. This scheme also connects up with the N-S CS route. 

Sound depressingly familiar?

We've lost Hackney (London Fields), Loughborough Junction, East Kentish Town and more recently Haringey schemes amongst others to the noise and intimidation of NIMBY-opposition groups (Remember  Regents Park (CS11)? This still has yet to be given the go ahead having received the Tom Conti 'keep-the-parks-clear-for-our-cars' treatment).

This all costs resource-stretched cycling-campaigners extra time and energy, defending the same thing time and again, and too often to no avail, when they/we need to be pushing ahead with new schemes and connecting up a London-wide cycling network - and set the example for UK-wide boroughs to follow.






bikebot replied to emishi55 | 7 years ago
1 like

emishi55 wrote:

We've lost Hackney (London Fields), Loughborough Junction, East Kentish Town and more recently Haringey schemes amongst others to the noise and intimidation of NIMBY-opposition groups (Remember  Regents Park (CS11)? This still has yet to be given the go ahead having received the Tom Conti 'keep-the-parks-clear-for-our-cars' treatment).

Plus Dr Johnson Avenue (Tooting/Wandsworth) and Norbury Avenue.  The latter means that QW5 from Croydon to Waterloo won't be very quiet.  In fact it's really rather unpleasant. 

Can probably think of a few more as well.



Latest Comments