No new Superhighways in 2012 or 2013 but the Cycle Hire Scheme continues to expand

“No Barclays Cycle Superhighways will be launched in 2012/2013 due to a reduced construction delivery window necessitated by the 2012 Games”

This was the answer given by the Mayor when asked about the progress of the Cycle Superhighways.

The good news is that the Cycle Hire scheme will continue to expand. This news comes despite the revelation that total income by March 2012 is now expected to be £7m as opposed to the original estimate of £18m. The difference is attributed to the delayed launch of the 400 sites as well as the delay of the launch to casual users. Although TfL says this figure is likely to change again depending on the roll out of phase 2.

As part of phase 2 rollout, the cycle hire scheme will be heading towards Tower Hamlets, Westfield White City and Camden Town.

Phase 3 of the scheme will be rolled out in summer 2013. This will head towards the West and South West of the current area. Wandsworth and Hammersmith & Fulham have already started to identify suitable cycle hire locations and are calling on local residents to send in their suggestions.

In other news from Mayors questions:

  • Total complaints about the cycle hire scheme have fallen by 1/3 in the past six months since May 2011. From 1,647 (0.23% of total hire) to 1,100 (0.16% of total hire)
  • We don’t yet know if the Trixi mirrors (blind spot mirrors) is statistically successful but TfL has had approval to install them on all future superhighways from the DfT.

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9 Responses to No new Superhighways in 2012 or 2013 but the Cycle Hire Scheme continues to expand

  1. el-gordo 08/12/2011 at 5:06 pm #

    I rode nearly the entire length of “super highway” CS8 the other night. What a load of rubbish.

    Hopefully they will scrap them altogether and put the money into something else. They should focus on some key junctions and get Barclays to help sponsor that. Won’t be anywhere near as high profile and they won’t get to put awful (slightly slippery) blue pain everywhere though, so can’t imagine they will want to do it.

  2. veryrarelystable 08/12/2011 at 5:17 pm #

    That can’t be a real photo at the top of the article! No cars on the same side as the cyclist, wide blue lane with enough room to overtake, continous white divider lane, no parked cars or roadworks all over it. No way! Doesn’t exist!

    • Andreas 08/12/2011 at 5:44 pm #

      Haha but I’m pretty sure I took that photo and it does exist! Opposite side of the river from Battersea Power station if I remember right… down Grosvenor road

    • Marianne 16/04/2013 at 10:11 am #

      Well, even if it does, there’s nothing physically stopping cars from crossing the line. When I moved to London and read that cycling was greatly encouraged, and that there were even things called “cycling superhighways”, I thought “WOW, these Londoners are miles ahead. In Amsterdam there may be cycling paths, but no cycling SUPERhighways.”
      Until I saw one of them. :-)

  3. Dave 08/12/2011 at 9:06 pm #

    I cycle both CS7 (from Colliers Wood to Clapham Common) and CS8 (Battersea Park to Vauxhall) every day, and I have to say that the picture illustrates the best bit by far of both CS7 and 8 – mandatory cycle lanes, generally 2m or more wide, all the way from Chelsea Bridge to past the Vauxhall lights. For me, though, the greatest safety improvement is on the eastbound approach to the Vauxhall lights – the left hand lane is completely blue, and marked left turn for motor traffic; it generally means that you can cycle right up to the ASL without having to squeeze between queueing traffic.
    Oh, and I haven’t heard any backlash about taking out a lane for the mandatory cycle lane – motor traffic seems to have adapted – a lesson for TfL there, surely?

  4. Alan Burkitt-Gray 09/12/2011 at 12:19 pm #

    “A reduced construction delivery window”? This guy used to be a journalist. He needs a ruthless sub-editor if he continues to deliver this sort of mangled English.

  5. DavidC 05/05/2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Please, please, please Enfield do not build the superhighway along the A10. As a cyclist, I do not want to breath in all the fumes from cars and lorries. We need a route away from the main road. The route along the A10 is also interrupted at regular intervals by side roads.

  6. DavidC 05/05/2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Are there any disused overground rail lines in the capital that can be turned into cycle superhighways. These are flat and pretty straight to begin with. How about this for a solution.

    • Jeremy 18/03/2013 at 11:43 am #

      Yes, there are two that I can think of:

      1.Northern Heights – Finsbury Park to Highgate and Alexandra Palace
      2. North London Link – North Woolich to Custom House

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