Three new Quietway cycle routes, enabling cyclists to travel through safer, less busy streets across the capital, have been officially launched today as new figures show cycling in central London grew by eight per cent in the last year.
With toxic air in London causing thousands of premature deaths every year, expanding London’s Quietway network is a key part of the Mayor’s plans to get more Londoners cycling and reduce car use. Since becoming Mayor, Sadiq has already delivered 140km of new cycling infrastructure including 100km of new Quietway routes.
Quietways are continuous, well-signed routes on less-busy streets across London. They complement fully segregated cycle routes that TfL are also building on main roads across the city. Being able to ride safely through London’s backstreets away from busy main roads is one of the ways of enabling more people of different ages and backgrounds to cycle more often.
The new Quietway routes have been delivered in partnership and were officially opened today by London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, Transport for London (TfL) and borough leaders from Southwark, Newham and Redbridge.
Quietway 14 – a 2km route connecting Blackfriars Road and Bermondsey which will eventually connect to Deptford and Thamesmead. Five main roads are now safer to cross by bike or on foot and two streets have been closed to motor traffic.
Quietway 22 – a 6.5km route connecting Stratford High Street to Cycle Superhighway 3 at Newham Way via West Ham and Plaistow Park.
Quietway 6 – a new 6.5km route connecting Wanstead Flats and Barkingside via a newly-built bridge in Valentine’s Park, and a new two-way cycle track on Forest Drive.