London Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday unveiled plans for two urban cycleways across London dubbed “Crossrail for the bike.”.
They will offer cyclists protection from other road traffic and are the centrepiece of a £913m project to convince more Londoners into using two wheels to get around.
The north-south route will run from Elephant & Castle in south London to King’s Cross in the north . The east-west route will run from Barking, east London, to Acton in the west.
Protected cycle routes will also be created through dangerous junctions, including Tower Hill, Blackfriars, Parliament Square and Lancaster Gate.
Johnson said: “This isn’t just about cyclists. Getting more people on to their bikes will reduce pressure on the road, bus and rail networks, cut pollution, and improve life for everyone, whether or not they cycle.”