On the eve of today’s election that will decide his successor at City Hall, two videos posted to social media yesterday highlight the success of Boris Johnson’s flagship Cycle Superhighways.
The North-South Cycle Superhighway is now open from Elephant & Castle to Stonecutter Street, while the East-West route will be officially opened tomorrow morning.
Posting this video of the North-South route to YouTube, Andrew Larssen said: “In places it feels like it is already nearing capacity - amazing after only 3 days.”
Jono Kenyon of Hackney Cycling Campaign also took a video from the northern end of Blackfriars Bridge, where the two routes intersect, and posted it to Twitter.
What started as a river has become a flood. Time for the Uk to unlock the potential of cycling. pic.twitter.com/Tezh0xjahb
— Jono Kenyon (@Jono_Kenyon) May 4, 2016
In November, Mr Johnson said that pushing through infrastructure such as those two major routes had been the biggest political challenge he had ever faced.
He told Assembly Members: “To be honest, this whole Cycle Revolution, which is really under way, is provoking the most incredible backlash, I’ve got to be honest with you.
“I can’t think of anything I’ve ever done that’s provoked such direct remonstrances from everybody. Virtually every senior government minister in one way or another has ticked me off in one way or another for the Cycle Superhighways.
“And every time they do, I get prouder and prouder of what we’re doing, it’s the right way forward for our great city.”
— LdnCyclingCampaign (@london_cycling) May 4, 2016
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.