Wednesday, 30 July 2014

London is getting a cycle superhighway and it looks brilliant . . .


London is getting a cycle superhighway and it looks brilliant

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How Vauxhall Bridge may look with central London’s first segregated cycle “superhighway”(Picture: PA)

Cyclists will be fully segregated from vehicles for the first time in London under plans for a new cycle superhighway at one of the city’s nastiest road junctions.

The two-way lanes are to be built from Kennington Oval to Pimlico – running through the Vauxhall gyratory system, where a cyclist died early last month.

Subject to a public consultation, work to build the route could begin in winter, separating tens of thousands of cyclists from buses, cars, lorries and pedestrians.

Yesterday, mayor Boris Johnson said: ‘In my cycling vision, I promised that the worst and most dangerous junctions would be safe for cyclists.

‘Vauxhall is the first. In the same week London hosted the Tour de France, I am perhaps even more excited by this plan, which will help cyclists every day for many years.’

Bike users at the Vauxhall gyratory system make up a quarter of rush-hour traffic.

Tafsir Butt, 52, was killed after an accident with a tipper truck at the junction. The security guard was the sixth person to die on the city’s roads this year – but the issue of safety came to the fore last autumn, when six cyclists died in a fortnight. Widespread protests followed.

How the Vauxhall gyratory may look with central London’s first segregated cycle “superhighway”(Picture: PA)

The east-west track will help create space for protected north-south lanes at the gyratory – the first of which will be installed later next year.

The Green Party’s Darren Johnson said efforts to improve safety around Vauxhall Bridge were a ‘major step forward when compared to dangerous plans the mayor put forward three years ago’.

But the London Assembly member is still concerned that Mr Johnson ‘won’t keep his promise to complete 12 cycling superhighways by the end of his term in office in 2016’.

Leon Daniels of TfL said: ‘These radical changes would provide a safe and direct route for people travelling through Vauxhall, whether they’re cycling to work, exercising or just enjoying being on two wheels.’

A consultation is now under way.

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