Cycle routes avoid traffic

by Sarah Brubeck The borough is being considered for one of 12 bicycle highways to help cyclists manoeuvre between the tight roads and busy traffic of London. The 12 routes, which will provide direct means into the city, avoiding challeng

by Sarah Brubeck

The borough is being considered for one of 12 bicycle highways to help cyclists manoeuvre between the tight roads and busy traffic of London.

The 12 routes, which will provide direct means into the city, avoiding challenging intersections, are a part of a city-wide plan to provide clearly marked and regulated roads where drivers can expect cyclists to drive along side.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said that while the routes have not been determined yet, Brent is being considered in his plans.


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Mr Johnson said: "We are looking at the routes and it's very possible that one or two will go through that part of the city."

The highways are expected to be completed in 2012 and the first two should be completed by May of next year.

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The city will invest �111 million this year on cycling including plans to employ a cycle transportation system where 6,000 bikes can be picked up at 400 cycle stations.

James Cracknell, double Olympic gold medallist said: "They have big cycle ways in other countries. They obey the rules of the road and obey stop lights."

Mr Johnson said this at the launching of London's summer of cycling where 30 bicycles were given out to elementary children from Wilberforce primary school in Kilburn and St. Saviour's primary school in Little Venice.

Mr Cracknell said: "If you haven't ridden before in a big city, it's going to take awhile to get used to."

The city also has cycling events planned for the rest of the summer including the Tour of Britain on September 19 and the London Freewheel on September 20.

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