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Bicyclists not happy with London cycle superhighway
Britain's largest national cyclist organization isn't happy about the London Mayor Boris Johnson's "Cycle Superhighways".
Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 11:53 AM
, Britain's national cyclist organization, is criticizing London Mayor Boris Johnson's "Cycle Superhighways"
as "glorified cycle lanes" meant to connect the center of the city with its outer suburbs. The first two routes are approximately 15 miles total and will be followed up with up to 10 other routes in the future.
The first two Superhighways aren't new routes but are simply paths painted over existing streets. The deep blue routes won't be physically seperated paths
, they'll just be a river of paint in a sea of cars. The CTC is also unhappy that Mayor Johnson pulled funding from the London Cycle Network Plus
plan to fund his superhighways.
I'm glad the city and the Mayor are excited about cycling, I just hope they spend the money in the right way- we need physically seperated routes to really keep bicyclists safe. A bike route isn't safe and sane if a six year old can't ride on it. A true cycle superhighway would be two wide lanes separated from other forms of transportation like roads and sidewalks with on and off ramps at convenient points. You know, like a car superhighway, just for bikes.
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