British Cycling has today welcomed Transport for London’s decision to approve Boris Johnson’s plans for the construction of four new cycle superhighways.
The scheme, which is part of the Mayor’s Cycling Vision for the capital, will cost approximately £160 million and should be finished by the end of 2016. The aim is to treble the number of cycle journeys over the next decade and transform London’s streets into a place where cyclists can feel safe.
British Cycling’s policy adviser, Chris Boardman has welcomed the decision which was approved at today’s of Transport for London’s board meeting.
He said: “This is a fantastic day for Londoners as well as the many millions of people who visit the capital every year.
"This vision for large-scale, properly segregated cycle ways will make cycling a more attractive transport option, creating a more pleasant, healthy and sustainable London for everyone.
"The move brings the capital one step closer to creating a true cycling culture to rival cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. But most importantly of all, it will set a standard for the rest of the country."
Work to deliver the Cycle Superhighway will begin within the next month and with thousands of people using their bike in the capital every day, the plans will cement cycling as an integral part of London’s transport network.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “We know that Londoners want these routes and that they want them to be delivered to the high standard I promised, as quickly as possible. I will keep that promise and spades will begin hitting the ground next month.
“I now look forward to the transformation that these planned routes will bring – not just for people who cycle now, but for the thousands of new cyclists they will attract.”
Transport for London will now commence a programme of communication and traffic management to ensure that the works can be delivered with minimum disruption to London’s roads.
For more information on the plans download the Transport for London Board Paper from today’s meeting.