Plans have been unveiled to create an extended north-south protected cycle route through central London that has been dubbed “Thameslink for cyclists”.
It would include a new protected junction across Euston Road at the British Library and could also see Judd Street, alongside Camden Town Hall, closed to traffic in both directions.
The new route – which will intersect with the Mayor’s east-west “Crossrail for cyclists” scheme at Blackfriars bridge and effectively extend the North-South superhighway – would provide a safe link north of King’s Cross towards the proposed CS11 cycle superhighway to Swiss Cottage.
Danny Williams, who writes the influential Cyclists in the City blog, said the protected route along Midland Road – between St Pancras station and the Francis Crick Institute – looked “really fantastic”.
He told the Standard: “It’s important because the only other safe route between Kentish Town and central London is along quiet back streets, which a lot of people find really eerie especially at night, and kind of cuts Camden off from the West End at night.”
Camden council and Transport for London are consulting on the Midland Road/Euston Road scheme until March 20. Judd Street – the most northerly point of Boris Johnson’s North-South superhighway – could either be closed in both directions or just to northbound vehicles.
TfL says the proposals – part of the Mayor’s Central London Cycle Grid – would result in “some slight increases journey times and queuing” for drivers, particularly eastbound vehicles on Euston Road and those exiting Midland Road heading west.
However buses are expected to be unaffected as banning right and left-hand turns from Euston Road into Judd Street will enable bus lanes to be extended.
Meanwhile, Westminster council has unveiled a new cycle lane (above) on Waterloo bridge – the Thames crossing with the third highest number of commuter cyclists.
The new cycle lane is only mandatory – meaning vehicles are not supposed to enter it – rather than segregated. Parking on the bridge has been banned 24 hours a day to prevent cyclists being “doored” by motorists exiting their cars.
Westminster was unable to explain what penalty drivers faced if they entered the lane, which it said would be monitored by CCTV.
Between 7am-10am, 2,550 bikes cross Waterloo bridge – 44 per cent of all northbound traffic. About 9,000 cyclists use the bridge each day.