The Barclays Cycle Superhighways scheme in London launched two new routes this week, making it easier and safer for cyclists to reach the city centre.
Both new Barclays Cycle Superhighways (new window) have benefited from considerable infrastructure improvements, including the addition of a dedicated off-road cycle path near a busy roundabout, and new junctions to provide cyclists with continuous, easily navigable routes through London.
New data released by Transport for London (new window) reports that since the first Barclays Cycle Superhighways were introduced in 2010, cycling on some sections has increased by more than 100 per cent.
The research also indicates more than three-quarters of cyclists on the routes use them for travelling to and from work.
Deanna Oppenheimer, Vice-Chair, Retail and Business Banking at Barclays, said: “Over the course of the last 12 months, research has shown how thousands of Londoners have used the first two Barclays Cycle Superhighways.
“The additional routes launched this week will provide further options for people to get around the city in an environmentally friendly and healthy way.”
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London's Director for Environment, added: "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.”
The new Barclays Cycle Superhighway routes run from Bow in east London to Aldgate, and Wandsworth in south London to Westminster. Routes launched in 2010 run from Merton in south-west London to the City, and from Barking in east London to Tower Gateway.