Four new cyclist-dedicated roads were approved in London this week as Mayor Boris Johnson seeks to triple the number of people travelling by bike in the British capital over the next ten years.
Plans include Europe’s longest bicycle routes, spanning an impressive nine boroughs, including a link from Tower Hill to Westbourne Terrace running east-west and a north-south path from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross. The plans were approved by Transport for London and will be completed by the end of 2016.
These new routes will hopefully bring London closer to the cycling culture that cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen have, while reducing overcrowding on roads and the city’s underground system. Similarly in London, an architect firm announced plans to transform the city’s unused Tube tunnels into an underground network of cycling routes, called London Underline.
The firm has a vision of vibrant subterranean spaces with artists, pop-up cafes and exhibitions, as well as lots of cyclists and walkers. The idea won an award for Best Conceptual Project at the London Planning Awards but whether it will come to fruition, only time will tell!