Responding to the Mayor’s announcement of Cycle Superhighway 4 from Tower Bridge to Greenwich, Ben Rogers, Director of Centre for London said:
“Nearly half of car trips made by London residents could be cycled in around 10 minutes, and significant benefits that would stem from this: healthier individuals, less vehicle congestion, and improved air quality for the capital.
“It is welcome then, that the Mayor is continuing to reallocate space to cyclists. London urgently needs a comprehensive network of shared paths, quiet streets and segregated cycle lanes connecting homes to schools, workplaces and beyond their neighbourhoods.
“But as with all new infrastructure projects, the devil will be in the detail to ensure the benefits are maximised. Further, more work needs to be done to encourage a wider demographic of Londoners to cycle, who are put off by more than just the lack of available infrastructure.”
Centre for London will be publishing the final report of the Independent Commission on the Future of London’s Roads and Streets, on Tuesday 10 October 2017. The commission was chaired by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England, with a remit to develop new cross-party, cross-sector thinking on ways forward for London’s roads and streets.
Considering the impact on different groups of users, the Commission will recommend policies to maintain London’s competitiveness, reduce congestion and pollution, increase liveability and the vitality of city streets, improve public health, and promote inclusive and sustainable growth.