London’s new cycle highways will be better than before
Laura Laker October 6 2016
Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, told road.cc the next generation of cycle infrastructure will benefit everyone, not just cyclists
London’s new generation of cycle routes will be improvements on those built under the previous mayor, with more focus on short journeys, not just commuters, and safer streets for everyone, London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport told road.cc.
At the launch of the capital’s new star rating scheme for lorries last week, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, Val Shawcross said there will be some improvements on future cycle superhighways, and confirmed the extension to the East West cycle superhighway route, from Lancaster Gate to Acton, and and the North-South extension from Farringdon to Kings Cross, will happen, but that the East-West route may change.
Shawcross also hinted “cycling superstars”, journalists and politicians are among applicants for London’s new Cycling and Walking Commissioner role, and she will discuss potential candidates with London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, in the coming weeks. She said there will be a new hierarchy of road user in London, with pedestrians and cyclists prioritised, and space removed from private motor vehicles if necessary.
Cycle Superhighway decision will be “marker” for London Mayor
Shawcross told road.cc: “I’m really keen the cycling work we do isn’t just about the commuter cyclists, it’s about the little short journeys, not necessarily for work. It might be mums, it might be the retired, so the local communities get the benefits of this.”
She hopes the focus on “improving our streetscapes and our environment”, will allay some of the fears provoked by previous cycling schemes, which she says became at times like a “battleground”.