London mayor approves plan for a bicycle highway

The plan will guarantee bike riders a designated stretch of street to ride from east to west through the city.

February 04, 2015 |
London mayor approves plan for a bicycle highway

Proposal for Parliament Square. Renderings courtesy Transport for London

London is on track to get one of the world’s longest protected bike lanes, as mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans, Dezeen reports.

The plan will guarantee bike riders a designated stretch of street to ride from east to west through the city. It will be separated from the regular road way with a partition, but will run alongside it.

According to Grist, this superhighway will “give motorists and bikers proportionate breathing room,” designed to “offer a safer alternative to auto-dominated roadways after a number of cyclist casualties along city roads in recent years.”

 "Cycling is clearly now a major transport option in London, with over 170,000 bike journeys now made across central London every single day," transport commissioner for London Peter Hendy told Dezeen. "These projects will help transform cycling in London – making it safer and an option that more and more people can enjoy."

If the measure wins the vote of Transport for London on this week, construction of the £41 million central station of the cycle route can begin in April. Completion is scheduled for spring 2016.

 

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