Wandsworth to Westminster Cycle Superhighway Now Fully Open

With blue route surfaces proving popular with cyclists

The Wandsworth/Westminster Barclays Cycle Superhighway has been declared fully open and ready for use today. Transport for London (TfL) also announced that cycling has increased dramatically on two pilot routes opened last summer, the CS8 from Wandsworth to Westminster and the CS2 from Bow To Aldgate.

Both routes will contribute to the Mayor Boris Johnson's aim of bringing a cycle revolution to the capital, by making it easier and safer for cyclists to commute into central London on direct and continuous cycle routes.

Considerable improvements have been made to infrastructure along both of the new routes to benefit both cyclists and other road users.

On the Wandsworth to Westminster route dedicated cycle-only lanes have been introduced along Grosvenor Road and Millbank and a new off-road cycle path has been created alongside Wandsworth Bridge roundabout.

Last year Boris Johnso, launched the first two pilot routes, which run from Merton to the City and Barking to Tower Gateway.

New data released by TfL today indicates that since the pilot Superhighways were introduced cycling has increased by 46 per cent along the Merton to City route, and by 83 per cent along the Barking to Tower Gateway route.

On some sections of the route cycling increased by more than 100 per cent, and over three quarters of cyclists on the routes use them for travelling to and from work.

The new research also revealed that 80 per cent of users surveyed felt Barclays Cycle Superhighways improved safety for cyclists.

Two thirds of users claimed the blue surfacing helps them to feel safer on the road, and that the general public gives more space to cyclists because of the blue routes, especially at junctions and roundabouts.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Director for Environment, said: "These vivid blue routes make the world of difference for cyclists on the streets of London, and prove a powerful and visible statement on our roads that assert to every Londoner, whether on two wheels or four, that the capital is a cycling city."

Part of the new Barclays Cycle Superhighways package is funding for the five London boroughs and local businesses along each route to increase cycle parking and to provide cycle safety checks and cycle training.

581 businesses have expressed interest in the funding and 71 have already registered for it.

TfL offers free cycle training - for further information visit: www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling

July 19, 2011