Cycle Superhighways Success

Transport for London sees big increase in cycling with Cycle Superhighways.

A part of Cycle Superhighway CS7 from Merton to London. Photo from London Permaculture.

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Transport for London (TfL) says studies show a big increase in bike use along two newly-painted Cycle Superhighways. They compared numbers in October 2010 versus the same month in 2009 and discovered an overall increase of 70% more cyclists for both routes.

TfL created the pilot Cycle Superhighways last summer, painting bright blue bicycle lanes to designate preferential bike routes into London. CS3 runs roughly along A13 from Barking, England west into London, terminating near the Tower of London. CS7 begins west of London in the Borough of Merton, following or paralleling A24 before ending at Upper Thames Street at Queen Street.

TfL plans to open two more London Super Cycleways — CS2 (Bow-Aldgate via A118-A11) and CS8 (Wandsworth-Westminster via A3205-A3212) — this summer.


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According to Bike Hub, about 80 percent of the cyclists on the Cycle Superhighways are commuters.

Read Bike Hub for more, with additional info at Bike Biz.

19 Comments

  • January 11, 2011 - 9:46 pm | Permalink

    Do you consider these Cycle Superhighways safe? I only ask because in the U.S., we seem to have plenty of trails that are off the roads but they are shared by those walking, bicycling, rollerblading, etc…

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  • January 11, 2011 - 10:17 pm | Permalink

    The Cycle Superhighways are on-road designated cycle routes with marked bike lanes — they’re not MUPs at all. I have no idea what the safety of the Cycle Superhighways is.

  • Anonymous
    January 12, 2011 - 12:24 am | Permalink

    Actually, on the surface of it, it looks a LOT more sensible than the usual “let’s see how much paint we can use” approach.

  • Peshealy
    January 12, 2011 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Blue bike lanes, not really a big deal.

  • Peshealy
    January 12, 2011 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Blue bike lanes, not really a big deal.

  • January 12, 2011 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    My question: does the 70% increase consist of new cyclists? Or are they
    existing cyclists who previously took other routes?

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  • January 12, 2011 - 3:37 pm | Permalink

    My question: does the 70% increase consist of new cyclists? Or are they
    existing cyclists who previously took other routes?

    Sent from my Googaw

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  • wiwiwiwiwi
    January 15, 2011 - 5:06 am | Permalink

    WOW!
    IT’S FUCKING BLUE!
    AMAZING

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  • Anonymous
    January 15, 2011 - 12:18 pm | Permalink

    The future… your legs :D

  • January 20, 2011 - 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi thanks for linking back to the flickr page of my photo used but you have mistakenly credited it to tfl. The credit should be “London Permaculture”, thanks, James

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturewise/

  • January 20, 2011 - 5:38 pm | Permalink

    So sorry I messed up the attribution! I’ll fix immediately.

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