As part of two new sponsorships announced on 28 May designed to encourage cycling in London, Barclays Cycle Superhighways will grow to 12 highly-visible blue cycle routes across the capital by the end of 2015.
Both sponsorships are intended to support the future development of London through an innovative investment, providing an environmentally sustainable method of travel which will also encourage people to lead healthier lives.
Running from Merton to the City (CS7) and Barking to Tower Gateway (CS3), passing close by Canary Wharf making it ideal for colleagues who work there, the two routes are around 12.5km each in length and will have a range of safety measures including:
- A minimum lane width of 1.5m
- 37 cycle safety ('Trixi') mirrors at junctions to give drivers of large vehicles better visibility of cyclists when preparing to turn left
- 84 new Advanced Stop Lines at least 5m deep at junctions, providing a space for cyclists to wait ahead of queuing traffic
The second sponsorship, Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme, launches later this month and will provide access to approximately 6,000 cycles which can be picked up and dropped off at any one of 400 docking stations around zone 1.
Cathy Turner, Barclays Human Resources Director said: "We are delighted that the first two Barclays Cycle Superhighways are now up and running and we look forward to seeing thousands of Londoners use them every day. Together with Barclays Cycle Hire, Londoners and visitors to the Capital will now have more transport options that are both environmentally friendly and a healthy means of getting around the Capital, and we are confident that they will have a lasting positive impact on London and the lives of Londoners."
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "You have got to have a powerful and visible statement on the roads that asserts to every Londoner, whether on two wheels or four, that the capital is a cycling city. The road space is there for everyone and I am confident that Barclays Cycle Superhighways will help switch legions of Londoners on to the pleasures of a pedal powered commute.
"Alongside Barclays Cycle Hire, these radial routes are set to transform our great city into one where cycling is the first choice for many thousands of Londoners. As well as being good for your health and wallet, encouraging more people to commute to work by bike will in turn help us improve air quality, cut carbon emissions and reduce congestion on the transport network."