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."
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