CTC warns over Cycle ‘Stupidhighway’

Geffen criticises Cycle Superhighway that leads cyclists directly into car parking bays
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Cycle Superhighway 7 – one of many planned for the capital as part of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s ‘cycle revolution’ – has come under fire from national cyclist organisation CTC.

The Superhighway in question is due to open on July 19th, but one section of the route currently leads cyclists into a bank of parking spaces. 

The section is close to the front door of CTC campaigns and policy manager Roger Geffen.

He said: "In Copenhagen, cyclists are made to feel gloriously welcome on the city's streets, with wide areas of blue paint to give you clear priority through even the busiest of junctions.

“But back in London, I came home to find the blue paint in London leads you into the back of parked cars and taxis. 

“CTC supports the principle of continuous corridor routes for cyclists, but if the Mayor of London is going to call these things 'Superhighways', they really need to be 'super', and not 'stupid' highways.”

Geffen recently returned from Velo-City, staged at Copenhagen where 37 per cent of residents cycle to work. The city aims to increase that amount to 50 per cent by 2015 and recently closed Norrebrogade – a main road linking to the inner city Norrebro district – to private cars. Cycle use increased from 30,000 cyclists per day to 36,000 due to the measure.

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