Following a terrifying trend of lorry-related deaths, London’s cyclists finally got the news they’d been waiting for today when Boris Johnson and TfL unveiled a city-spanning network of segregated cycle paths, which they’re calling ‘Crossrail for bikes’ (don’t worry, they’re not underground).
Here’s everything you need to know about London’s latest round of cycling infrastructure upgrades, which are due to be ready by March 2016.
➪ The 18-mile east-west route (which connects with existing cycle superhighways at Tower Hill and Westbourne Terrace) will be Europe’s longest ‘substantially segregated’ urban cycleway. Suck it, Copenhagen!
➪ The north-south route runs from King’s Cross to Elephant and Castle, crossing the Thames at Blackfriars Bridge, where it will also intersect with the east-west route.
➪ There will also be protected routes through some of the city’s most notoriously dangerous junctions, including Tower Hill, Blackfriars and Lancaster Gate.
➪ The main routes will connect with a series of ‘quietways’ in busy central London areas. These will likely include the West End, Paddington, Maida Vale and Notting Hill.
➪ The east-west route will pass over the Westway flyover, replacing one lane of vehicle traffic. That sound you can hear is thousands upon thousands of taxi drivers tutting.