Cycle Superhighway decision will be “marker” for London Mayor
Laura Laker August 1 2016
London Cycling Campaign says Sadiq Khan must take requests to improve North-South Cycle Superhighway extension seriously, following consultation
Farringdon Road N-S cycle superhighway extension graphic
How the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, deals with concerns about new Cycle Superhighway designs will be a test of whether his actions match his words on cycling, says the London Cycling Campaign.
Of more than 1,300 responses to a consultation on a Northern extension of the North-South Cycle Superhighway, released last week, 70% supported the scheme either partially or fully. However, respondents raised a number of safety concerns about the proposals, from the design of junctions, to a lack of directness, to the fact the cycle lane disappears at some bus stops.
The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) will now review the consultation responses
and work with boroughs, community groups and other stakeholders before publishing its response, along with how the scheme will proceed, in the Autumn.
The London Cycling Campaign’s Simon Munk says how the mayor, and his Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, proceed will be a marker of how future cycling schemes are tackled, and a test of how well Khan and his team understand the need for safe cycling infrastructure.
Munk told Road.cc: “The new mayor has said he wants to make sure TfL looks at the responses closely, to look at the concerns raised. We think this is going to be a marker of whether the mayor, with Val Shawcross, really understands the need to produce high quality infrastructure.
“If the Mayor and TfL are serious about enabling all ages and abilities to cycle we need to see if they are going to back up his words with actions. We are going to have to see the problems with the North-South [Cycle Superhighway] extension solved.”
Since the North-South Cycle Superhighway was completed last Autumn, numbers of people cycling across Blackfriars Bridge increased by 55 per cent, and now 70 per cent of all vehicles on the bridge are cycles at the busiest times.