London’s Cycleway network quadruples with new Southwark route

Posted: 14 March 2024 | | No comments yet

London’s Cycleway network is set to quadruple by the end of March 2024, expanding from 90km in 2016 to over 360km, with Cycleway 4 completing a vital link between central London and Greenwich.

TfL's Cycleway network quadruples with new Southwark route

Credit: Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) and Southwark Council have marked a significant milestone with the completion of the new section of Cycleway 4 on Lower Road in Southeast London. This latest addition allows cyclists to traverse safely from London Bridge to Greenwich, enhancing the city’s cycling infrastructure and promoting sustainable modes of transportation.

The completion of Cycleway 4 highlights TfL’s commitment to expanding the cycle network, making travel across London safer, more convenient and affordable for its residents and visitors alike. The strategic expansion of the network has been remarkable, with TfL and London boroughs quadrupling its size from 90km in 2016 to over 360km by the end of March 2024. Nearly a quarter of Londoners now reside within 400m of a high-quality cycling route, emphasising the accessibility and inclusivity of cycling as a mode of urban travel.

Recent data from TfL reveals a notable surge in daily cycling journeys, with figures rising to 1.26 million in 2023, representing a 20% increase compared to 2019. This surge underscores the growing popularity and effectiveness of cycling as a viable means of commuting and recreation in the capital.

To further encourage cycling uptake, TfL has introduced a new day pass for Santander Cycles, offering unlimited journeys under 30 minutes for just £3, making it one of the most economical ways to navigate London. In addition, TfL plans to triple the number of available e-bikes under the scheme by adding 1,400 new units this summer, expanding access to cycling across the city.

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The new section of Cycleway 4 on Lower Road encompasses 1.3km of protected two-way cycle lanes, seamlessly connecting previously completed sections on Jamaica Road and Evelyn Street. In addition, a new signalised pedestrian crossing outside Southwark Park entrance enhances pedestrian safety and accessibility along the route.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “I’m delighted that work on Cycleway 4 is now complete, meaning people cycling can travel more easily and safely from London Bridge all the way to Greenwich.”

Helen Cansick, TfL’s Head of Healthy Streets Investment, said: “Our continued work in expanding the Cycleway network throughout the capital unlocks access to cycling for many more thousands of Londoners. The new section of Cycleway 4 is the final piece of the puzzle connecting London Bridge all the way to Greenwich.”

Looking ahead, TfL is committed to working with London’s boroughs to deliver more high-quality cycling schemes, with £19.5 million of investment allocated for the next financial year. This funding will support the completion of Cycleways between Lea Bridge and Dalston, Deptford and Deptford Creek, and Hammersmith and Kensington Olympia, further enhancing London’s cycling infrastructure.