Cycle journeys have shot up by up to 100% during peak times on the first two Barclays Cycle Superhighway routes, according to Transport for London (TfL).
The pilot lanes run from Merton, south London, to the City and from Barking, east London, to Tower Gateway. They are the first of 12 superhighways earmarked to be in use by the end of 2015.
The blue painted routes have been created to make it safer by, among other measures, widening the lanes and using large ‘Trixi’ mirrors to give drivers a better view of cyclists.
TfL’s figures show that the number of cyclists along the two routes has risen by 70%, with increases of 100% or more on some sections during peak hours.
Research carried out just one month after the launch of the scheme, with people who live near and travel on the pilot routes, found that 34% of non-cyclists surveyed had begun to cycle on the Superhighways.
TfL has installed 39 new safety mirrors at junctions along the pilot routes to help improve visibility for cyclists and other road users. The majority of goods drivers surveyed said they would change the way they used junctions fitted with roadside safety mirrors, and 60% of cyclists said the blue coloured surfacing made them feel safer.
Overall, more than three quarters or respondents said that the routes had improved safety for cyclists.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s transport advisor, said: “It is great to see that the first two Barclays Cycle Superhighways are well on the way to achieving our goal to increase cycling in the Capital.
“This research shows that people do believe the routes are of value, make them feel safer and are allowing them to take direct and continuous routes into central London.”
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