The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, today revealed Transport for London’s (TfL’s) new quality criteria for Cycleways. He went on to criticise several boroughs who he said were ‘wedded to the status quo,’ and as a consequence were ‘harming the health of Londoners.’
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Cycle Superhighway and Quietway names were to be dropped and replaced by a single brand – Cycleways.
All new cycle routes will have to meet TfL’s new quality criteria in order to be branded and signed as a ‘Cycleway’.
When designing routes, the criteria will be used to decide where protected space is necessary and where changes to junctions and parking are needed.
Decisions will be based on:
Speaking at London’s Walking and Cycling Conference, Khan also claimed to have doubled the amount of protected cycling infrastructure built in the capital during his time in office.
“I said before the election that I wanted to increase the pace of change building new cycling infrastructure. I’m delighted that in just three years we have achieved more than the last Mayor did in eight years, already doubling the amount of protected cycle routes on streets across London.
“I want to now deliver even more high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure across all parts of the capital, but even with record investment from the TfL we can’t achieve that on our own. Boroughs across London must recognise the huge benefits of getting more people out of their cars and cycling as part of their everyday routine – getting more people active, improving their health, and reducing the air pollution on our streets which causes so much harm.”
The amount of protected space delivered since May 2016 comprises:
London’s former cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan has previously accused Sadiq Khan of presiding over the construction of a “fake cycle network,” arguing that in many areas the mayor has done little more than add Quietway signs to roads and claimed them as new routes. He has also suggested that most of what has been completed was begun before Khan took office.
Construction work is due to begin this summer on Cycleway 4 in south east London and on Cycleway 9 in west London.
TfL and boroughs are also working towards consultations on several other cycle routes between: