Boris Johnson’s new ‘cycle superhighway’ through East End opened

A new Cycle Superhighway route through the East End has been declared fully open and ready for use.

The new route, which runs from Bow, along Bow Road, Mile End Road, Whitecahpel Road and Whitechapel High Street to Aldgate, is part of mayor of London Boris Johnson’s “cycle revolution”, aimed at making it easier and safer for cyclists to commute into central London on direct and continuous cycle routes, and was officially opened this on Tuesday.

Considerable improvements have been made to infrastructure along both of the new routes to benefit both cyclists and other road users.

Major improvements have been made to the junction of Cambridge Heath Road and Whitechapel Road to make the area easier for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians to use.

Significant improvements have also been made at the Bow roundabout and a number of other junctions to assist cyclists and to provide a continuous and navigable route along the Superhighway.

Last year the mayor launched the first two pilot routes, which run from Merton, in south London, to the City and Barking to Tower Gateway.

New data released by TfL indicates that since the pilot Superhighways were introduced cycling has increased 83 per cent along the Barking to Tower Gateway route.

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The mayor’s environment director Kulveer Ranger said: “These vivid blue routes make the world of difference for cyclists on the streets of London, and prove a powerful and visible statement on our roads that assert to every Londoner, whether on two wheels or four, that the capital is a cycling city. Our pilot routes have proved a great success with lots more Londoners leaping into the saddle, and telling us they feel safer on the road. I’m confident our new cycle superhighways will prove just as popular.”

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