GVA backs consultation over expanded TfL Cycle Superhighway network

Wednesday, 01 October 2014

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Property consultancy GVA has thrown its weight behind plans to expand the existing network of Cycle Superhighways in London, as a TfL consultation over the scheme's expansion gets underway.

Gerry Hughes, Senior Director and head of GVA's Planning, Development and Regeneration team, comments: "There is no question cycling is already a very popular mode of commuting and a growing leisure pursuit in its own right. It’s obviously a great way to promote health while also reducing congestion and reliance on fossil-fuel-powered modes of transport in general. It naturally follows that cycling should form a key part of any major city’s integrated transport infrastructure."

AS part of the consultation, new measures designed to encourage cycling must be properly planned and implemented, with the requisite level of public consultation. Design and safety issues need to be addressed, including the need for:

- properly proportioned, segregated cycle ways on roads with high-volume or high-speed motorised traffic, which in turn demand proper reallocation of road space;

- junctions designed to eradicate the possibility of cyclists being struck or crushed by motor vehicles executing turns;

- routes that are direct and convenient, so they will be attractive to the maximum number of cyclists.

Gerry Hughes adds: "In consulting on the next wave of Cycle Superhighway routes, we hope that TfL will take on board the feedback from a whole range of stakeholder bodies, from professional planning consultants such as GVA, to cycling and safety campaign groups, to the road users who commute in London."

For more information contact Gerry Hughes, Senior Director and Head of GVA's Planning, Development and Regeneration team, on 0207 911 2653 or click here to email.

For more information on the TfL Cycle Superhighway consultation, which closes on 9 November, click here.