New Cycleway 4 construction starts
Construction work has now begun on Cycleway 4 which will run between Tower Bridge and Greenwich and will make cycling and walking safer in south-east London.
During our last forum at London City Hall, Milton Keynes Council described the new cycle system that the authority had implemented but found that it was not being taken up at the anticipated level. The walking and cycling charity Sustrans, which attended our June event, has carried out a YouGov poll with results showing that eight out of ten parents think that an individual's choice of transport plays an important role in leading a sustainable lifestyle. However, the survey results also showed that petrol and diesel vehicles remain the main mode of travel for a day out for over half.
At our September forum to be held at Ravensbourne University London, in the borough of Royal Greenwich and next to the O2, we will be discussing the importance of healthy forms of transport.
Recently the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) stated that electric vehicles may not be the answer to relieving congestion in cities and the BBC reported today that dust from car brakes and tyres will still pollute city air when vehicles move to electric, according to the government's Air Quality Expert Group.
As part of Cycleway 4, new pedestrian crossings along Tooley Street and Jamaica Road will be created as well as an overhaul of the Rotherhithe roundabout.The scheme involves £54m of investment from TfL's Healthy Streets budget.
The Mayor and TfL are working to double the number of cycle journeys across the capital over the next six years as part of a shift towards more efficient, healthier and less polluting forms of transports.
Work has started on the initial 1.8 km section of segregated cycle route and further sections including Evelyn Street and Creek Road Deptford will begin next year.
The Mayor of London said 'with record investment from TfL we will continue to work with boroughs who share our vision to tackle London's inactivity crisis, reduce road danger and get more people of out their cars and into cleathener and greener formers of transport.
TfL and Greenwich Viyncl are also working on proposal to extend Cycleway 4 to Woolwich which will make Greenwich town centre less congested and more efficient for business deliveries.