|The Barclays Cycle Superhighways are 12 radial routes aimed at making it safer and easier to commute by bike between outer and inner London on direct and continuous cycle routes. Source: TfL. Click to enlarge.|
New figures show that the number of cyclists along the first two Barclays Cycle Superhighway routes in London, which run from Merton to the City and Barking to Tower Gateway (earlier post), has risen by 70% with increases of 100% or more seen on some sections during peak hours.
Transport for London (TfL) compared figures for cyclists using the two pilot Barclays Cycle Superhighways on the A24 and A13 during October 2010 and compared them to the same roads in 2009. It found a 50% increase in the total number of cyclists using the A24 and on the A13 cyclist numbers more than doubled for the same period. When looking at the total number of cyclists using both routes in October 2009 compared with October 2010, the number rose by 70%.
TfL research that was carried out just one month after the launch of the scheme with people who live near and travel on the pilot routes, found that 34% of non-cyclists surveyed had begun to cycle on the Barclays Cycle Superhighways following their launch.
Wider benefits have shown that more than four in 10 cyclists along the routes have increased the amount they cycle elsewhere in London as a result of Barclays Cycle Superhighways and around three in ten have purchased a bike or cycling equipment.
TfL has installed 39 new safety mirrors at junctions along the pilot routes to help improve visibility for cyclists and other road users. The majority of goods drivers surveyed said they would change the way they used junctions fitted with roadside safety mirrors, and 60% of cyclists said the blue coloured surfacing made them feel safer.
Overall, more than three quarters asked said that the Barclays Cycle Superhighways had improved safety for cyclists.
On average the time spent travelling on Barclays Cycle Superhighways (per journey) is around 21 minutes for the Merton to City route and 17 minutes along the Barking to Tower Gateway route.
Around 80% of journeys made along both routes are cyclists commuting to and from work, and those who had switched to cycling from another mode stated that the main reasons for doing so were to improve fitness, save money and because the journey is more pleasant.
Barclays Cycle Superhighways give cyclists clearly marked, direct and continuous cycle routes into central London and are a key part of the Mayor’s commitment to stimulating a cycling revolution in the Capital.
Since launching the routes just six months ago the following have been achieved:
- 40 kilometers (25 miles) of new or improved cycle lanes;
- 94 new or improved Advance Stop Lines (ASLs) at least five metres deep;
- 46 signalized junctions improved to provide quicker journey times and create more space for cyclists;
- 39 safety mirrors installed at junctions along the pilot routes;
- 2,372 new cycle parking spaces installed to date in partnership with boroughs and local businesses; and
- 1,362 extra cycle training hours delivered.
The next two Barclays Cycle Superhighways routes will run from Bow to Aldgate (CS2) and Wandsworth to Westminster (CS8) and will launch in summer 2011.
Research has been carried out with people in the target market for the two pilot Barclays Cycle Superhighways, defined as those residents within 1.5km of either route and who travel (by any mode) along the corridor for at least 1km. Respondents were surveyed before and after the introduction of the Barclays Cycle Superhighways in order to understand usage and responses to the Superhighways and, for those who had cycled along the Barclays Cycle Superhighways, their experiences of using the routes. The survey was carried out online and by telephone in early summer and autumn 2010.
A total of 904 respondents took part in wave one of the survey and 506 in wave two Research has also been carried out with people cycling on the two Barclays Cycle Superhighways. A survey was conducted online in early autumn 2010 with cyclists recruited at the roadside while making a trip on one of the Barclays Cycle Superhighways. In total, 501 cyclists took part in the survey, which explored travel behaviour, attitudes and experiences of using the routes.
The Mayor and TfL are investing a record £116 million (US$183 million) in cycling in 2010/11 with the money spent on Barclays Cycle Superhighways, Barclays Cycle Hire, infrastructure, training, promotion and education.