Twelve new cycle paths are set to be introduced in the capital and stimulate a cycling revolution, making it safer and easier to commute.
As part of the funding for Barclays Cycle Superhighways, Transport for London will be installing over 5,000 cycle parking space and putting money into cycle training and cycle lane maintenance.
The new cycle lanes are thought to encourage more people to travel in an environmentally friendly and healthy way, helping to improve air quality, cut CO2 and reduce congestion – especially in central London.
Two of the twelve routes are already in place, running from Wimbledon to Bank via the A24 and A3 and Barking (East London) to Tower Gateway via the A13.
It is thought that the distinctive blue colour will show that cyclists have just as much priority as drivers. The lanes will also have consistent and easy to follow road marking and the road surfaces will mean no accidents with potholes.
As well as installing these new cycle lanes, there are plans to update existing ones. Plans include:
Providing space for cyclists ahead of vehicles at traffic lights
Installing cycle safety mirrors so that large vehicles can see cyclists more easily
Resurfacing cycle pathways to make it a smoother journey
Natasha Simper of Britannia Driving School said: “The new cycle paths will hopefully encourage more people to be active and help reduce carbon emissions and hopefully the new structures in place will make it safe for cyclists and drivers alike. However, my only worry is how many drivers know what the blue lane is yet and if the Superhighway cycle lanes do not entice us to use them, they may just add to the congestion problem.”
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