London bikers permitted to ride against the traffic

Capital cyclists will be allowed to ride the 'wrong way' on one-way roads in a summer trial
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In an effort to encourage the public to ride to work the Corporation of London has given cyclists the chance to ride against the traffic in seven one-way streets.

The trial project, set to cost £45,000, will begin in the early summer, according to the Evening Standard.

Should the plan be popular the project could be rolled out into other areas.

"This project has two main benefits: safety and convenience," said Christine Mackenzie Cohen, chairwoman of the corporation's planning and transportation committee. "It will make cycling in the City safer by enabling cyclists to avoid busy streets."

London Cycling Campaign's cycling development officer Charlie Lloyd, said: "It provides a lot more route choice to people, and it means cyclists are not forced onto main roads."

The streets in the trial are West Smithfield (connecting to Giltspur Street); Salisbury Court; Throgmorton Street; Cloth Fair; Finsbury Circus (Moorgate); Creechurch Lane and the east half of Fann Street.

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