Local residents, cyclists, activists and politicians met last night to discuss the future of Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) at City Hall. London Assembly Member John Biggs chaired the CS2 Summit in response to the tragic deaths of four cyclists on or near the CS2 this year. The Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan attended the public meeting and set out the three options for segregating CS2 from the Aldgate gyratory to Bow roundabout.
Local Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs said:
“We need to make sure that cycling infrastructure is uniform across London so cyclists know how to approach junctions and road layout is predictable for them. The tragic death of cyclists on our streets should not have happened.
“The Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner set out three options to segregate the CS2, from having a segregated cycle lane in the middle of the road to taking down the Bow roundabout flyover. It is important to remember that accommodating cyclists does not lead to roads seizing up and improvements to the CS2 should be beneficial to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“The meeting last night was very informative and we discussed a number of issues with the current standard of Cycle Superhighway 2. It is clear that people who regularly use the route deem it to be substandard and in need of segregation. We urgently need the Mayor to act and make CS2 safer for all road users.”
Dr Ashok Sinha, Chief Executive of the London Cycling Campaign said:
“There is now all-party support for putting the safety of cyclists and pedestrians ahead of concerns about slowing motor traffic. Starting with Bow roundabout and CS2 the Mayor must build on this support to make sure his plans to promote cycling are never again impeded by unfounded fears over congestion. This will be the best way he can respond to the recent tragic deaths on and near CS2.”