TfL and the Mayor are investing record amounts in walking and cycling, which are vital to tackle some of the biggest challenges the capital faces, including the climate emergency, toxic air, road danger reduction and obesity.
The new routes, which will add more than 20km of protected space to London’s cycle network, include an extension of the popular Cycleway 6 route at King’s Cross, which was officially opened today (12 September).
Following a complete overhaul of the busy junction between Judd Street and Midland Road, which had one of the borough’s worst safety records, people cycling can now safely cross Euston Road to reach King’s Cross and St. Pancras stations. Upgrades to the pedestrian crossing at the junction have also made walking easier and safer for the 46,000 people who cross them every day. The Cycleway has been extended north to Kentish Town via Pancras Road and Royal College Street, connecting neighbourhoods in north London to two of the country’s busiest train stations. Visitors arriving in London by train can also now cycle safely to the busy tourist hotspots in Camden Town, Southwark, the City and beyond.
Three new Cycleways are being completed in the coming month:
• C20 between Enfield Town and Palmers Green – This new route will add 10km of protected space to London’s cycling network and is an important link in the TfL funded Cycle Enfield programme, which is transforming local streets for walking and cycling
• C17 between Elephant & Castle and Burgess Park - A 2km route in the London Borough of Southwark, which connects neighbourhoods in SE17 to the Cycleway network. This route connects to Cycleway 6 via Quietway 1 in the borough, opening up a huge number of potential journeys for people in the area by bike
• C23 between Lea Bridge and Whipps Cross – A new route in the London Borough of Waltham Forest which adds 8km of protected space to the network, including a complete overhaul of the intimidating Whipps Cross roundabout. The new route is part of the transformative Enjoy Waltham Forest programme, which has been shown to increase children’s life expectancy through improved local air quality
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “These four new high-quality Cycleways will make it easier and safer to cycle - enabling many more Londoners to cycle across our city. Our new Cycleways branding will help people to navigate our network of routes confidently for everyday journeys, helping clean up our toxic air.”
Julie Lewington, TfL’s Head of Projects and Programmes, said: “Getting more people to walk and cycle is vital for London’s future success as its population continues to grow. We’re determined to make sure that all Londoners have access to safe Cycleways that enable them to make the switch to cycling for everyday journeys. We’ll continue to work closely with boroughs right across the capital to create high-quality routes which work for people who live in, work in and visit London.”
Following clear feedback from Londoners that the current brands can be misleading, London’s growing cycling network will be gradually rebranded as Cycleways. All new and existing routes must meet TfL’s strict new Cycling Quality Criteria to be signed as Cycleways, which means that people using them can be confident of a safe, high-quality route.
Cycling in London is at record levels with the average daily total distance cycled exceeding 4 million kilometres for the first time last year. The Mayor’s Cycling Action Plan, published last December, set out how TfL would work to double the number of cycle journeys over the next six years. Building a London-wide network of high-quality Cycleways is vital to achieving this.
Construction on a number of major new Cycleways is either under way or set to begin this year. Work on Cycleway 4 between Tower Bridge and Greenwich began in June, whilst work on Cycleway 9 between Brentford and Olympia is planned to start later this year. Construction work also continues on Cycleway 34 between North Acton and Wood Lane.
TfL is also transforming a number of outdated and intimidating junctions across London to make them much safer for people walking and cycling, with construction under way at Old Street and almost complete at Highbury Corner.
Transport for London (TfL) has worked with the London Boroughs of Southwark, Enfield, Waltham Forest and Camden to launch four new Cycleways across the capital in the coming month – making cycling safer and easier and enabling more people to walk and cycle more often. The routes will be the first in London to be signed as Cycleways, which is the new name for London’s network of high-quality cycle routes.