TfL has set out plans to make a collection of trial modifications to Tooley Avenue and Duke Avenue Hill in central London, which can lengthen the brand new Cycleway four path to allow safer important journeys between London Bridge, Rotherhithe and past.
The modifications are part of TfL’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and TfL is asking folks for his or her preliminary suggestions on the plans forward of building work beginning in early March.
This follows the current begin of building work on an extra trial extension to the route in southeast London, between Angerstein Roundabout and Charlton.
Building work on Cycleway four began in July 2019 and the primary part of the route, accomplished in September 2020, is already connecting neighbourhoods in southeast London to central London through a completely protected cycle route between Tower Bridge Highway and Rotherhithe.
TfL is working to construct trial schemes which allow extra folks to stroll and cycle and assist to keep up house on public transport for many who want it.
Trial modifications deliberate for Tooley Avenue and Duke Avenue Hill as a part of this emergency response embrace:
– Sections of mild cycle segregation with wands in each instructions, alongside Tooley Avenue and Duke Avenue Hill, in addition to prolonged superior cease traces for folks biking
– The eastbound arm of Tooley Avenue shall be closed close to the London Bridge Hospital and can turn out to be a new pedestrian house
– Some modifications for normal visitors together with a brand new left-turn ban into Queen Elizabeth Avenue (aside from native buses, taxis and cycles)
TfL is anticipating a rise in folks arriving at London Bridge station desirous to proceed their onward journeys by foot or cycle when lockdown measures are eased and public transport capability is utilized by those that want it most.
Tooley Avenue is on a key strategic biking hall and is within the prime 5% for present and future biking demand in London. Creating this trial extension to the Cycleway four route will assist to maximise the function performed by London’s current cycle community in supporting those that have to journey.
TfL not too long ago began building work on the second part of an extension to Cycleway four between Greenwich and Charlton, which can trial utilizing cylinders to guard folks biking from motor visitors between the Angerstein Roundabout and Charlton.
This second part builds on the two-kilometre of trial cycle route that TfL beforehand accomplished in December 2020 between Greenwich and the Angerstein Roundabout. This primary part included a protected route by way of the roundabout, the place a man was tragically killed biking in 2018.
A number of folks have been severely injured biking alongside the busy route lately and the brand new infrastructure, which separates folks on bikes from motor visitors, will give folks confidence that they’ll cycle safely with out having to combine with automobiles. Each phases are being delivered as a part of TfL’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
When this extension in Greenwich is full, the brand new lanes will kind a part of an prolonged Cycleway four, which can join Charlton and Greenwich. Work from Greenwich in direction of central London additionally restarted in December 2020 alongside Creek Highway.
This contains the redesign of a number of junctions alongside Creek Highway, a segregated two-way cycle monitor and the set up of recent pedestrian crossings.
TfL will proceed to work intently with native councils on plans to construct the remaining sections of Cycleway four between Rotherhithe and Greenwich, which can additional increase connections between Greenwich and central London through high-quality cycle routes.
Will Norman, London’s strolling and biking commissioner, mentioned: “Current TfL knowledge reveals that many Londoners have turned to biking through the pandemic as a method to train and make important journeys, so it’s important that they can achieve this safely.
“The trial modifications being made to increase Cycleway four will allow extra folks to cycle safely and simply round London Bridge and past, constructing upon measures already taken to increase the route between Greenwich and Charlton. I urge folks to submit their suggestions now and participate within the engagement, so we are able to guarantee these modifications work for all these dwelling, working and travelling within the space.”
Helen Cansick, TfL’s head of Wholesome Streets Supply, added: “Because the pandemic continues, the necessity for protected strolling and biking infrastructure is extra necessary than ever, to make sure that there may be sufficient house on public transport for many who have to journey. These trial extensions to Cycleway four will create a a lot safer surroundings for these biking between central London, southeast London and past and we actually worth folks’s suggestions on our plans to make sure that they work for everybody.”
Current cycle rely knowledge from TfL reveals elevated ranges of biking in each internal and outer London final autumn, as folks throughout the capital continued to make use of energetic journey as a significant means of getting round through the pandemic. These counts confirmed a 7% improve in biking in internal London and a 22% improve in outer London, in comparison with the earlier rely in spring 2019.
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