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London #500M bicycle superhighway?
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Ken's bicycle 'superhighway' causes a stir
20 February 2008
ON yer bike! Transport chiefs have blasted a proposal for a cycle route linking Newham and Tower Hamlets with Central London.

The idea for a 500 million "cycle superhighway" has come from London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

A dozen "cycling corridors" will, he proposes, be put in place over the next decade.

Newham and Tower Hamlets are among the 33 councils in with a chance to win the rights for one of these routes - the first of which is expected to be completed by 2009.

London Councils, the body which represents all of the capital's local authorities, complained that the boroughs had not been consulted before the plans were unveiled.

Daniel Moylan, chairman of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, said: "The capital's boroughs are responsible for 95 per cent of London's roads, so it is frankly appalling that they were not consulted on this new strategy."

Full story from Else Kvist in this week's Recorder
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Ken's bicycle 'superhighway' causes a stir
20 February 2008
ON yer bike! Transport chiefs have blasted a proposal for a cycle route linking Newham and Tower Hamlets with Central London.

The idea for a 500 million "cycle superhighway" has come from London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

A dozen "cycling corridors" will, he proposes, be put in place over the next decade.

Newham and Tower Hamlets are among the 33 councils in with a chance to win the rights for one of these routes - the first of which is expected to be completed by 2009.

London Councils, the body which represents all of the capital's local authorities, complained that the boroughs had not been consulted before the plans were unveiled.

Daniel Moylan, chairman of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, said: "The capital's boroughs are responsible for 95 per cent of London's roads, so it is frankly appalling that they were not consulted on this new strategy."

Full story from Else Kvist in this week's Recorder

-- posted by maschwab


This sort of thing causes more problems for cyclists than it solves. First of all we have a "solution" that will only benefit a very small percentage of the total cycling population of the city -- and even then it's highly questionable if it's designed and maintained the way most "bikepaths" are. Then we have a situation where local traffic authorities haven't been consulted, which ultimately leads only to marginalisation and division (Just read some of the press attracted by the "Copenhagen-style" bikelanes in Melbourne if you want an example of that), and then, God-forbid any cyclist should decide to use any other route after the path has been built and take up precious road space.

That said, I've seen proposals like this before, and few of them ever get off the ground. The fact that none of the local authorities have been consulted makes me wonder just how realistic the cost estimate actually is.
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