The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has unveiled plans to make London safer for cyclists through the implementation of an unbroken network of cycling routes with some Dutch-style segregated lanes, traffic restrictions and “Little Holland” style developments. A new 15-mile east-west superhighway, called “Cycle Crossrail,” will link the busy Westway road to Barking, in the east. Johnson, as reported by The Guardian, said that he wanted to “de-Lycrafy” cycling and make it an activity that everybody could do in their ordinary clothes, without thinking about wearing the proper attire.
The project has been pledged as part of a £913 million (€1,043m-$1,358m), 10-year investment plan, with the majority of the infrastructure to be built within the first four years. The first “quietways,” namely unbroken cycling routes on quiet streets that imitate the lines on the tube network, should start to appear next year. The improved network will also feature a “superhub” at Waterloo, south London, to encourage rail commuters to massively switch to cycling from there instead of getting on the tube.
The ambitious plan was strongly advocated by the member groups of the European Cycling Federation (ECF) in the U.K. including Cyclenation, the umbrella group of city cycling campaigns, as well as CTC, the national cyclists' organization, and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity. These groups, which played a big part in the campaigns in London, are now calling for investments in the rest of the country to match London's.
Meanwhile, the ECF Cycling Industry Club is currently trying to unlock an additional €6 billion in EU funding in a bid to double cycling across Europe. Details of the plan, and of the club's work, will be outlined at the International Bicycle Trend Forum at the Taipei International Cycle Show, on March 20-23.