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With direct flights between Perth and London now a reality, it’s even easier to see how a City much older than ours, is leading one of the biggest movements in global urbanism by investing in infrastructure to make the use of bicycles more comfortable and safe.

Key facts

  • Plans to construct twelve “Cycle Superhighway” routes were announced by Livingstone in 2008, connecting inner and outer London, as well as providing cycle zones around urban centres.
  • Since 2010, London’s Cycle Superhighway and Quietway network is now more than 100km long and 10% of Londoners live within 400m of at least one of these routes.
  • Established in 2014, advocacy group CycleWorks, set out a campaign to counter the negative bikelash in London and to that garner support by large employers via their employees. The campaign used these CEO’s of these companies to become spokespeople to support the construction of the Cycle Superhighways.
  • In 2016, the Mayor committed £169m a year for cycling schemes over 5-years.
  • The number of daily bicycle journeys in London has roughly doubled since the 1990s, from 270,000 daily journeys in 1993 to 490,000 in 2008 to 730,000 in 2016. Cycling is now the fastest-growing mode of transport in London.
  • Despite this increase in ridership, deaths by bicycle have reduced from 15 (480 seriously injured) to 9 (378 SI) in 2015.

Key Project: Cycle Superhighways

  • London opened its first cycle superhighways in 2010 (CS3, CS7) and 2011 (CS2, CS8) that were identified only by its bright blue lanes.
  • These initial lanes were ‘paint only’, in 2012, a second generation of physically separated from car traffic bicycle lanes were installed.
  • In some central sections during peak hours, 70% of all vehicles where bicycle whilst only using 30% of the road space. (8)

Source: Cycling Action Plan (2018)