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 thoughts on “Cycle Superhighways Success”

  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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