Once again continuing London Cyclists “comment Friday” tradition (better names on a post-card please!) I want to hear some thoughts on the cycle superhighways.
Vincent was kind enough to send me some pictures of the Cycle Superhighways along Narrow Street leading to Canary Wharf. This route has long been one I believe TfL need to really focus on. This is due to the lack of good cycling routes leading to Canary Wharf where so many people work.
The first two routes were due for completion in May 2010. We are now in June and 31 days from now, on the 19th of July, the two superhighways will officially be open.
Of course the criticism has been pouring in with plenty of videos appearing on YouTube such as this one:
My main concern with the superhighways is how much they will actually improve safety and provide a more enjoyable ride. If London cyclists are still having to go around drivers in the cycle lane then not a lot has changed.
I’m also concerned that the superhighways will signal to people that cyclists require a special lane in order to be safe. I strongly believe this is not the case. If you take cycle training then you learn that using a narrow cycle lane is more dangerous than staying in the middle of the road. Research into cycle lanes suggests that only very wide cycle lanes provide extra safety for the rider.
I’m due to ride one of the superhighways with TfL on July 1st. I definitely want to forward any of your concerns to them so please do let me know your thoughts.
Have you tried one of the cycle superhighways? If so, what did you think?
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