Kingston’s Portsmouth Road cycle tracks finally complete
November 10 2016
A new cycle route, two years in the making, finally opened this week.
The final touches were added to the 1400m fully segregated riverside route, on Portsmouth Road in Kingston upon Thames on Tuesday, one of six routes planned as part of the borough’s £30m “Mini Holland” programme.
Although there is a “shared space” section beside a zebra crossing, and the junctions are slow to navigate, campaigners say designs are the best option for the route and have been improved almost beyond recognition from their early incarnations.
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Kingston Cycling Campaign Co-ordinator, Jon Fray, told road.cc: “Kingston Cycling Campaign is pleased we have got proper segregation pretty much all the way along”.
“I think [the council] have done just about the best they can do.”
Kingston council faced backlash after its original designs were little more than advisory bike lanes – as Fray puts it “white lines separating bikes from traffic”. After more than 700 people responded to a consultation on the scheme, many calling for better protection for people on bikes, the council increased the segregated portion of the route from 20 per cent to 85 per cent.