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Buzzing ahead on two more cycle superhighways

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Tom Edwards Tom Edwards | 10:38 UK time, Friday, 1 October 2010

Ping! Another update on Cycle superhighways in my inbox.

A press release says:

"Initial works start on two more continuous, direct cycle routes for Londoners - routes from Wandsworth to Westminster, and Bow to Aldgate."

So it seems the funding is guaranteed for the new cycle superhighways and TfL are claiming they have increased cycling.

Figures suggest an overall increase of 25% in cycle journeys.

The two new routes, which will be up and running in summer 2011, follow the launch of the pilot Superhighways in July this year.

Early results from both pilot routes suggest an overall increase of 25% in cycle journeys, with some sections of the Merton to City route showing increases of 90% or more.

The press release continues:

A key part of the Mayor's commitment to stimulating a cycling revolution in the Capital, the Barclays Cycle Superhighways give cyclists clearly marked, direct and continuous cycle routes into central London.

Works started today on the Bow to Aldgate route with preparatory work on Mile End Road in advance of resurfacing to provide a smoother journey for cyclists, and kerb improvements at Armoury Way on the Wandsworth to Westminster route.

As well as installing highly visible blue cycle lanes along both of the new routes at a minimum of 1.5m wide, other works scheduled to make it easier and safer to commute by bike include:

  • Introducing 24 new Advanced Stop Lines at junctions along both routes, providing a space for cyclists to wait at lights ahead of the queue of traffic;
  • Making modifications to 30 junctions along both routes to make them safer for cyclists, for example at the junction of Cambridge Heath Road and Whitechapel Road. Subject to a successful trial along the pilot routes, TfL is planning to install cycle safety mirrors known as 'Trixi' mirrors at this location. Proposals also include upgrading the traffic signal equipment, and assessing the possible removal of existing left-turn slip roads;
  • Providing a quicker and safer way for cyclists to travel across the Bow Roundabout on the Bow to Aldgate route;
  • Introducing a clearly marked diversionary route so that cyclists can avoid the busy junction of Battersea Park Road and Queenstown Road on the Wandsworth to Westminster route;
  • Introducing mandatory cycle lanes wherever possible, including along 25 per cent of the Wandsworth to Westminster route.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "The two pilot Superhighways routes are a-buzz with cyclists following the blue lanes to get to and from work each day."

Is that what you've found on the lanes?

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