London is getting a cycle boost with 6 new cycle routes

  • August 23, 2018

London is getting a cycle boost with 6 new cycle routes

The mayor of London has recently announced the creation of six new cycle routes across London to encourage more bicycles in the capital. The new routes from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs and Ilford to Barking Riverside will help tackle London’s air quality troubles according to Sadiq Khan.

Analysis by Transport for London (TfL) identified the top 25 connections where cycling infrastructure is needed to tap into the route’s potential. Further work between TfL and the boroughs has now identified these six routes as the first ones to take forward to the design stage.

The six new cycle routes will be :

  • Lea Bridge to Dalston. This 3km route would link the City and Waltham Forest by filling the gap between Lea Bridge Road and Cycle Superhighway 1 at Dalston

  • Ilford to Barking Riverside. This 8km route improve access to the Elizabeth Line and London Overground services

  • Hackney to the Isle of Dogs. This 8km route would stretch from Hackney to the Isle of Dogs via Canary Wharf, Mile End and Victoria Park

  • Rotherhithe to Peckham. This 4km route would link Peckham with key and growing destinations such as Canada Water and Surrey Quays

  • Tottenham Hale to Camden. This 8km route would connect major town centres

  • Wembley to Willesden Junction. This 5km route would be north-west London’s first major cycle route, connecting Wembley, Stonebridge Park and Willesden Junction

According to the initial plans, the routes would be around 75% on main roads whereas a quarter would be direct routes on back streets. The aim of this project is to encourage more people to leave their cars at and cycle on a daily basis.

“Encouraging more Londoners to cycle as part of their everyday routine is vital – providing huge benefits to people’s health, cutting congestion and air pollution for every Londoner, and improving quality of life in local neighbourhoods.” Sadiq Khan highlighted.

Cycling infrastructure is an important investment for the mayor’s office as well as supporting these boroughs that haven’t been cycling-friendly over the years.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said:

“Backed up by the mayor’s record investment, we’re working in close collaboration with London boroughs to design six new cycle routes that would connect key town centres, join up existing cycle infrastructure, and start to create a genuinely pan-London network of cycle routes accessible to millions more Londoners.”