'Crossrail For Bikes' To Be Built For 2016
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Europe's longest segregated urban cycleways are to be built in London.
Two continuous cycle routes almost completely separated from traffic will cross central London from east to west and north to south.
They are the centrepiece of the Mayor's £900 million commitment to get more Londoners on their bikes.
The east-west route, which runs for 18 miles from Barking to Acton, inclues a section of the Westway flyover, where one lane will be removed to create the segregated cycle track.
The north-south route will run for more than 3 miles from Elephant & Castle to King's Cross.
The public consultation begins today and work will start early next year with the routes opening in March 2016.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "Bikes already make up 24 per cent of all rush-hour traffic in central London - hundreds of thousands of journeys every day that would otherwise be made by car or public transport. Because this isn't just about cyclists.
"Getting more people on to their bikes will reduce pressure on the road, bus and rail networks, cut pollution, and improve life for everyone, whether or not they cycle themselves."