Are Cycle Superhighways Good for London?

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The number of cyclists on London’s streets has grown enormously in recent years, and continues to rise. As more and more Londoners choose to travel by bike, calls for better protection and safety for cyclists grow louder. We are also seeing the beginning of major infrastructure projects to make the city more bike-friendly.

Transport for London are currently consulting on two continuous, substantially segregated cycle routes spanning central London – one running East-West between Tower Hill and Acton, and one running North-South between Elephant & Castle and King’s Cross. These would provide a clear and convenient route for cyclists, physically separated from other vehicles, with road space reallocated from other traffic. Many have greeted the proposals as progressive step towards a healthier and more sustainable city, whilst others suggest that motor vehicle accessibility, other commuters, and London’s businesses would all be hit hard.

Centre for London is bringing together key voices in the debate as we ask: are Cycle Superhighways good for London? We will be welcoming supporters and critics of the proposals.


Chair: Tom Edwards, Transport Correspondent, BBC London

Andrew Gilligan, Mayor's Cycling Commissioner

Howard Barber, Strategic Advisor, Canary Wharf Group

Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy for London, Freight Transport Association

Chris Kenyon, Co-Founder, Cycleworks London

Stephen Locke, Chair, London Travelwatch

Denise Beedell, Development Manager (London), Federation of Small Businesses

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