London’s long-term cycling potential mapped out

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Transport for London (TfL) is using ‘innovative’ data analysis to identify where the next generation of cycling provision could make the biggest impact on the Capital.

Unveiled by Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner, on 16 June, the analysis focuses on population growth, safety data and existing demand.

Using the new formula, 25 corridors across London have been identified for investment priority – including Brentford to Heathrow in the west, Dagenham Dock to Ilford in the east, Highgate to North Finchley in the north, and Streatham to Oval in the south.

TfL will now work with London boroughs to conduct feasibility studies in these areas and develop cycling schemes that will help to deliver a long-term Strategic Cycle Network for London.

The work forms part of the Mayor of London’s new Transport Strategy, launched earlier this week, which sets out ‘ambitious’ plans to reduce car use across the Capital.

Will Norman said:

“While we are working hard to build new Cycle Superhighways and Quietways now, it’s also important that we look ahead to expand the cycling network and create the next generation of routes.

“That’s why we’ve using this ground-breaking analysis to identify the areas of greatest potential for cycling, and why we’ll be working closely with the boroughs to deliver schemes that help continue this spectacular growth in cycling for many years to come.”

The analysis has been published alongside new data highlighting the ‘dramatic growth’ in cycling along existing cycle routes.

Since 2014, before the routes were established, the figures show a 54% increase in cycling along the East-West Cycle Superhighway from Parliament Square to Tower Hill, and a 56% increase along Quietway 1 from Greenwich and Waterloo.

Ben Plowden, director of surface strategy and planning at TfL, said:

“The latest cycling statistics and the data on future cycling demand shows there is no stopping London’s rapid cycling growth and we will work closely with the boroughs to help fuel this growth further by fixing the most dangerous junctions and delivering on major cycling improvements.”

23 June 2017