New research published by Transport for London on the first two Barclays Cycle Superhighway routes show encouraging trends for cycling in the UK capital.
Since the launch of the scheme, cycle journeys along the routes have increased by 70 per cent with increases of 100 per cent or more seen on some sections during peak hours, compared to the previous year.
Barclays Cycle Superhighways give cyclists clearly marked, direct and continuous cycle routes into central London. There are currently two fully operational routes, with a further 10 to follow by 2015.
The study looked at a population of people travelling on and living nearby the pilot routes from Merton to City of London (CS7) and from Barking to Tower Gateway (CS3).
More new cyclists
In addition to increased usage numbers, the findings also point to an increase in the take up of cycling, with 34 per cent of non-cyclists having started to cycle on the routes since the launch of Barclays Cycle Superhighways.
Wider benefits are seen with more than four in ten cyclists along the routes increasing the amount they cycle elsewhere in London as a result of Barclays Cycle Superhighways and around three in ten purchasing a bike or cycling equipment.
Most journeys (approximately 80 per cent) are shown to be cyclists commuting to and from work, and those who have switched to cycling report their main reasons for doing so are to improve fitness, save money and to make the journey more pleasant.
An improvement in safety is also highlighted in the study, with 60 per cent of cyclists saying the blue coloured surfacing made them feel safer.
There are 39 safety mirrors installed at junctions along the pilot routes to help improve visibility for cyclists and other road users. Drivers questioned said they would change the way they used junctions fitted with roadside safety mirrors.
David Brown, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “This research clearly shows that Barclays Cycle Superhighways are meeting the objectives we set out to achieve. Work has already started on the next two Barclays Cycle Superhighways providing cyclists with direct and reliable cycle routes into London.
Deanna Oppenheimer, Vice-Chair, Global Retail Banking, CEO Western Europe and CEO UK Retail Banking at Barclays, said: “Increasing transport capacity is important for investment and jobs in London.
“With new cyclists using Barclays Cycle Superhighways, existing cyclists increasing their time on the roads of the capital, and the cycling business industry continuing to see investment, this is evidence of the success of the first two pilot routes.”