TfL launches three new Cycleways to connect London communities

Posted: 29 March 2023 | | No comments yet

Reduced traffic in local streets and lower speed limits have allowed TfL to launch three new Cycleways, which will add 10km to London’s network and increase access to cycling for traditionally under-represented communities.

TfL launches three new cycleways to connect London communities

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Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it has launched three new Cycleways across the capital, which will make it even easier for people to travel around London by bike. These new routes, the first of a series to be launched mainly using new low traffic local streets, are being delivered at pace alongside TfL and the boroughs’ existing programme to build new walking and cycling infrastructure and will help to connect even more of London’s communities by bike. 

The routes in Lambeth, Islington, City of London, Ealing and Hounslow will add 10km of routes to the capital’s rapidly expanding Cycleway network, bringing more than 124,000 Londoners within 400m of a high-quality cycle route.

By summer 2023, this accelerated programme of Cycleways will help connect outer London town centres, such as Lewisham, Wanstead, Edmonton Green and Brentford to the Cycleway network, unlocking cycling to many thousands of new residents and improving access to walking and cycling amongst traditionally under-represented groups. 

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Three new Cycleways are launching, with further routes planned to open in summer 2023 in Enfield, Hammersmith & Fulham, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge. 

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “The vital action many London’s boroughs have taken in reducing traffic on residential roads and lowering speed limits has enabled us to deliver these three new Cycleways at pace, unlocking access to cycling for many thousands of residents. These routes, mainly on low traffic streets, will not only connect communities but crucially improve access to cycling amongst traditionally under-represented groups. Cycleways play an important role in encouraging more Londoners to walk and cycle, contributing to a greener, fairer city for all Londoners.”

Helen Cansick, TfL’s Head of Healthy Streets Investment, said: “I’m delighted that we are launching these Cycleway routes today (24 March 2023), unlocking safe cycling to communities across London. These new routes are already popular and we expect cycling to grow further as people realise that cycling is now a healthy, cheap and sustainable option for them to make local journeys. Working alongside the boroughs, we’re committed to growing our Cycleways network to reach even more people in the capital and these routes, alongside the work we’re doing to transform major roads and junctions, will make a real difference to people travelling by bike.”