They found there was space for 2.2m-wide pop-up lanes in either direction on an extra 1,464 miles of road – enabling an eightfold increase in the amount of segregated space as lockdown eases and while Londoners are advised to avoid public transport .
Dr Ashley Dhanani, of The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, said: “Many Londoners want to cycle to avoid using public transport but are concerned about their safety when cycling on main roads. This new analysis shows there is plenty of space to create cycle lanes on key routes across the city.”
The researchers said it was important to avoid building short sections of cycle lanes in a “piecemeal” manner.
They identified five roads able to provide long, continuous routes for commuters heading into central London: the A5 from Edgware hospital to Marble Arch, the A2 from New Cross to Elephant and Castle, Camberwell Road/A2216 from East Dulwich to Elephant and Castle, the A107 from Hackney Central to the Royal London hospital, and the A503 from Manor House to Regent’s Park.