London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to start a consultation on cycle superhighway four from Tower Bridge to Greenwich next year, writes Adam Becket…
The Mayor released a statement saying that he will be “the most pro-cycling Mayor London has ever had,” committing to spending £770m on cycling over his five years in office.
The most obvious route for the new superhighway would take it through the top of Southwark before passing into Lewisham.
Mayor Khan said: “With record amounts of money now committed for cycling in London, we will continue to work over the coming months developing further detailed plans for making cycling a safe and obvious choice for Londoners of all ages and backgrounds.”
Superhighways were introduced by previous Mayor Boris Johnson, and often segregate cyclists from road traffic through kerbs and separate paths.
There had been concerns that Khan would not be as committed to improving cycling infrastructure as his predecessor, but the new TfL Business Plan proposes spending about 5.5 per cent of the budget on cycling.
Ashok Sinha, CEO of the London Cycling Campaign, welcomed the announcement: “This unprecedented investment in cycling shows the Mayor is serious about meeting his promises.
“It will make London a better, greener, healthier and less congested city.”