'Quietways' For Less Confident Cyclists To Open In 2015

By BethPH Last edited 41 months ago
'Quietways' For Less Confident Cyclists To Open In 2015

cloudy eyeTransport for London (TfL) has announced that the first cycle Quietways — networks of bike routes for less confident cyclists using low-traffic back streets — will open early in 2015.

The first two routes of the £15m programme to improve cycling in London are Waterloo to Greenwich (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich), and Bloomsbury to Walthamstow (Camden, Islington, Hackney, Waltham Forest). Five further pilot routes are in the pipeline:

  • Regents Park to Gladstone Park (Dollis Hill) (Westminster, Brent, Camden)
  • Elephant & Castle to Crystal Palace (City, Southwark, Lambeth)
  • Aldgate to Hainault (first phase Whitechapel to Fulwell Cross) (Tower Hamlets, Newham, Redbridge, Hackney, and the London Legacy Development Corporation)
  • Waterloo to Wimbledon (via Clapham Common) (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Merton)
  • Clapham Common to Croydon (Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon)

While the Quietways won't be segregated, they will make roads with less traffic better for inexperienced cyclists, with improvements to road surfaces and signage. London Assembly Labour transport spokesperson Val Shawcross said:

“The Quietways will provide an excellent alternative for less confident cyclists as well as those who just want to avoid London’s incredibly busy main routes. Cycling the in capital can feel daunting, that is why these Quietways are so welcome."

The Quietways are part of the Mayor's £913m Vision for Cycling, which has produced the mini-Hollands plan and extra cycle hire stands across London.

Photo by Tedz Duran in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 10 December 2014

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Why are the Brits so hell bent to put people in classes? Quietways are for everyone!
Nowhere else in the world people are divided in "cyclists" "confident cyclists" "pedestrians", etc.. Everyone walks and most people cycle if the conditions are safe and pleasant.


Beth, have you any cycling experience or similar level of involvement with cycles to match this (which is a charming article, BTW):


No offence, but otherwise, you're just another motorist idly standing by as "that special interest group, cyclists" do something you feel unconnected with (I paraphrase the general cycling/infrastructure stereotypes in the mind of the voter by all the evidence of politicians mirroring their disinterest and wilful ignorance).

I like to drive, but my parents were trying - and succeeding - to transport three young kids on two bicycles, including whilst camping on holiday in France, back in the early 1980s. The fact that we as a nation can't do better, can't honour such people as my parents whilst catering to lying scum all around, is our greatest shame today, I believe.

In fact, perhaps it's because cycling is such an honest activity that it is so shunned by this culture (cycling = put effort in, get effort out, up to 91% efficiency, cars being up to 81% max.)

Call the lack of cycling provision in this country a good indicator of who we really are, institutionally.

We need one. People are highly-confused and apathetic. Whilst paying for it all then obsessively trying to save money anywhere else they can. Such a corrupt system requires scapegoats, it's that bad. Remember that, next time someone pathologically-abuses an *innocent* cyclist.


And that's why the world will never have peace. Because everyone always has an opinion and everyone always wants to start an argument. And everyone is always trying to have the last say. Why don't you all just say.... well that is a good thing what they are trying to do for less confident cyclist......LIKE ME.... I am one of them. I love cycling, but I fear the London roads. So why don't you all shut it, and grow up. My friend sent me this link and my first thought was the "excitement" that soon I'll be able to dare the London roads, that are so risky, because of accidents, not poor roads. OMG!
And here we go...... people that see discrimination in so many things. My sister once told me "Small things, amuse small minds".. innit! Hahah.