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Cycle Superhighways will make London 'fit for the future' say architects

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Richard Rogers, Patrik Schumacher and Terry Farrell have written a letter to London Mayor Boris Johnson in support of the proposed new Cycle Superhighways

Led by cycling campaign charity Sustrans, a group of architects and planners, including Peter Murray and Grimshaw’s Joylon Brewis, have written to Johnson saying the proposed ‘visionary’ cycle routes are ‘vital for providing safe and direct passage through the capital’.  

The letter reads: ‘These visionary schemes will bring benefits to all Londoners. We welcome the improvements to help those on foot, in making the routes more pleasant places to walk with streets easier to cross and greater separation from traffic.

‘Through these projects, London can begin to become a city fit for the future – and cycling an everyday way for Londoners to travel.’

Last month Johnson revealed plans for £65 million of cycle routes, dubbed ‘crossrail for cyclists’.

Currently out to consultation, the two routes have been designed to work as a continuous segregated cycle lane across some of the busiest parts of the capital.

The east-west route would run for 18 miles across the middle of central London from Acton in the west, along the Embankment to Tower Hill in the east, with a shorter north-south route running for three miles from Elephant and Castle in the south to King’s Cross.

Plans include changes to traffic layouts at Blackfriars Bridge, Lancaster Gate and Parliament Square, as well as plans to introduce a dedicated cycle lane on the Westway, which are still to be finalised. 

Meanwhile, a team including Hugh Broughton Architect, Arup, and Future Systems co-founder David Nixon, has revealed plans for a £600 million floating cycle path. Dubbed the ‘Thames Deckway’, the cycle route is designed to complement the proposed cycle superhighway plans and will stretch 12 miles from Battersea to Canary Wharf.

The letter

Dear Mr Johnson, Mayor of London

We, the undersigned, write to you to express our strong support for the new and upgraded Cycle Superhighways.

The schemes will enable far more people to choose to cycle to work, to the shops or to the capital’s renowned cultural centres, and as growing numbers take to their bikes, it is vital to provide them with truly safe and direct passage through the capital.

But these visionary schemes will bring benefits to all Londoners. We welcome the improvements to help those on foot, in making the routes more pleasant places to walk with streets easier to cross and greater separation from traffic.

Through these projects, London can begin to become a city fit for the future – and cycling an everyday way for Londoners to travel.

Yours Sincerely,

Malcolm Shepherd, CEO, Sustrans

Richard Rogers

Terry Farrell, CBE

Patrick Schumacher, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects

Alan Baxter, CBE

Joylon Brewis, CEO, Grimshaw Architects

Nick Searl, Partner, Argent LLP

Cynthia Barlow, OBE, Chair, Road Peace London

Matthew Carmona, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, UCL Bartlett

Peter Murray, Chair, New London Architecture

Peter Drummond, South Region Chair, BDP

 

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