Posted on May 6, 2016 at 12:13 pm
It was the perfect morning to hold the official opening of an important segment of London’s new cycling infrastructure. As a small group of journalists and campaigners gathered near Blackfriars Bridge North, the outgoing Mayor Boris Johnson on his last day in office, along with London’s Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, officially opened the East/West Cycle Superhighway (CS). The location was significant as this is where the North/South CS meets the East/West CS. The latter links Barking, Canary Wharf and Tower Hill to Westminster while passing some major landmarks of the English capital. The lanes are wide enough to allow cargo bikes and other less regular bicycles the opportunity to cycle on no less than 12 miles of uninterrupted segregated tracks . It was a real pleasure to ride on them this morning in the gorgeous sunshine, amongst so many other users. This is definitively the type of infrastructure that will enable a wide range of people to take up cycling. London is a beautiful city with a beautiful future and now has never been a better time to start riding!