At the time, the media and motoring organisations predicted veritable anarchy on the streets of London. 'Illegal' cyclists would mow down pedestrians, was the concern raised by the president of the AA. Which is odd, really, because the AA president has tended to be quite balanced in his views about people cycling and cycles himself. Looking back, I wonder if the press was slightly misrepresenting his views.
Fast forward to October 2010 and all the dire warnings are proved completely groundless. A report by the City of London showed that cycling has increased 60% in one year on the first routes to be made two-way for cycling. And what's more, the City Police were delighted with the success of the schemes: "There have been no reported collisions involving cyclists in the six months since the changes were implemented. The ability for cyclists to avoid busy streets will be a contributing factor in improving road safety in the City."
It's fantastic to see the City is now planning to open a further 17 streets to two-way cycling and a map of those streets is below.
|Consultation on streets to be made two-way for cycling|
There's plenty more information on the City of London website here.
There's also one key way you can help.
The City is consulting on these plans until 8 September. No doubt a number of people will write in with concerns and criticisms. I think two-way routes for cycling are hugely important. Some of these planned changes will open up ways to avoid nasty junctions or simply make some routes massively more direct than they are at the moment. So if you recognise any of these roads, please take a couple of minutes to write a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org and voice your support and explain how you think these plans will make your journey safer or easier.