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London prepares to ‘go dutch’ with proposed floating cycle lanes and bike lifts

Posted at 10:00 am, September 9, 2013 in News, Transport
Kingston floating cycleway credit:Mike Knell

London doesn’t yet match Amsterdam when it comes to cycling, not least because we have all those pesky hills to contend with. However, this might all be about to change, as eight London boroughs have been shortlisted to receive a share of a £100 million fund so they can improve their provision for cycling to Dutch standards. Proposed plans include a floating cycle lane on the Thames and a New York-style ‘high line’ alongside the railway in Kingston. Lycra-less cyclists can breathe again, as steep hills may no longer be an issue  – Bexley council want to help cyclists on their way by introducing  ‘cycle lifts’ like those in the video below onto their new segregated routes.

Other boroughs who have proposed better bike lanes and re-designed town centres include Ealing, Enfield, Merton, Newham, Richmond and Waltham Forest. Which areas receive a share the funding will be announced early next year.

Until then, check out Time Out’s favourite secret cycle routes

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