Cycle Superhighways fail to get people on their bikes

JUST one per cent of people have got on their bikes as a direct result of Cycle Superhighways.

Transport for London has spent �23 million for the two pilot schemes which opened in May, from south Wimbledon to Bank and Barking to Tower Hill.

The routes, one of Mayor Boris Johnson’s flagship policies, controversially went through historic areas of Docklands such as Narrow Street, drawing complaints for their garish appearance and a lack of consultation.

Now it has emerged that more than half of respondents to a London Assembly survey said the routes did not make them feel safer.

And despite Mayor Johnson’s hope that the 12 eventual routes will attract 120,000 daily users, just 5,000 people currently use the two superhighways.

“Users of the pilot cycle superhighways have told us that they do not feel safer using these routes and they are not always respected by other road users,” said the Assembly Transport Committee chair Val Shawcross.

“There are clearly lessons to be learned from the design and development of the pilot cycle superhighways. These should be applied before the rollout of the future cycle superhighways to ensure these are safer and attract many more new cyclists.”

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A further 10 routes are due to be opened by 2015, taking the total spent on Cycle Superhighways up to �166 million.

The Assembly report called for more consistency in measuring the routes, a uniform width, improvements to junctions and a 20mph speed limit on busy sections.

Mayor Johnson and TfL have until next March to respond to the findings.