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Khan announces six new cycle routes

Words: Laura Edgar
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has revealed that design work is to begin immediately on six new cycle routes.

According to the mayor’s office the new routes, which will cross nine London boroughs, have some of the “highest potential” for cycling but currently lack safe infrastructure.

Transport for London’s (TfL) Strategic Cycling Analysis identified the 25 connections where new cycling infrastructure is required to enable more people to cycle. Additional work by TfL and the capital’s boroughs narrowed down the list to six to take forward to the design stage.

The routes go towards helping the mayor to meet his of 80 per cent of journeys being made by foot, bike and public transport by 2041, which was laid out in his transport strategy.

The new routes are:

  • Lea Bridge to Dalston: The 3km route will link the City and Waltham Forest, filling the gap between Lea Bridge Road and Cycle Superhighway (CS) 1.
  • Ilford to Barking Riverside: 8km in distance, it will link the town centres with up to 10,800 new homes and a new London Overground station.  
  • Hackney to the Isle of Dogs: This 8km route will go via Canary Wharf, Mile End and Victoria Park.
  • Rotherhithe to Peckham: The 4km route will link Peckham with a variety of places, including Canada Water and Surrey Quays, as well as connecting other cycling routes like Quietway 1 and CS4.
  • Tottenham Hale to Camden: 8km in distance, it will connect several towns centres.
  • Wembley to Willesden Junction: The 5km route will be the first major cycle route in north-west London.

Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, said: “High-quality cycling infrastructure cannot simply be an option available to a minority of Londoners, and our new Strategic Cycling Analysis shows that there is huge potential for getting more people to cycle all across the city.

“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.”

Matt Winfield, London director for the walking and cycling charity, Sustrans, said: “Last year’s figures demonstrate that investment in Dutch-style cycle routes works – with many schemes boosting cycling levels by over 50 per cent in one year alone.

“The mayor’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner is right to focus the investment where evidence shows it will have the greatest benefits, and start working collaboratively with boroughs to deliver these routes to Dutch standards.”

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