London’s first Quietway has been officially opened today, running from Greenwich to Waterloo, with the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan saying that he hopes it will make “a significant contribution” towards safer and easier cycling in the capital.
The route, which includes 9 kilometres of what Transport for London (TfL) describes as “quieter backstreets” as well as paths that are free form traffic paths.
It’s the first of seven Quietways currently planned for the capital, although as we reported yesterday, former mayor Boris Johnson’s cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, last week told Hackney Cycling Conference that he believed only the first of those would be of an acceptable quality.
Khan insists, however, that he is committed to getting more Londoners on bikes, and that as part of that he would draw lessons from the infrastructure put in place by his predecessor.
He said: “It is important that we make it safer and easier for Londoners to cycle across our city and we want the first of the Quietways to make a significant contribution towards that aim.
“I am already looking at what works best from the existing cycle schemes to ensure we deliver the best and safest road cycling network possible.