British Cycling has welcomed plans announced today by the Mayor of London and Transport for London to make improvements totalling £300 million to 33 of the capital’s most dangerous junctions.
Commenting on the plans, British Cycling's campaigns manager, Martin Key, said:
"This is yet another example of the transformational difference that can be made when there is clear political leadership to prioritise cycling as a form of transport. The Mayor and Transport for London have a clear vision for improving the daily experience for thousands of people who choose to cycle across the capital.
"This scheme to fix the worst junctions brings us one step closer to persuading thousands more people to take up cycling as an attractive and easy way to get around. We'd urge cities across Britain to follow suit."
Accommodating the needs of people on bikes – termed ‘cycle-proofing’ – for all transport schemes is one of the central actions named in British Cycling’s recently launched #ChooseCycling 10-point plan.
Details of the junction improvements announced today include the replacement of gyratories at Archway, Aldgate, Swiss Cottage and Wandsworth. Those sites will be replaced with two-way roads, segregated cycle tracks and new traffic-free public space.
The Elephant and Castle roundabout, London’s highest cycle casualty location, will be removed. At other intimidating gyratories, such as Hammersmith and Vauxhall, safe and direct segregated cycle tracks will be installed, pending more radical transformations of these areas in the medium term.
Detailed designs for the first schemes will be published next month and work will begin in the second half of this year.