Cycle Superhighways

Committed By: 
The Mayor


On Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2), I think we all know that where the Cycle Superhighways are good they are actually very good and they create a sense of safety, but CS2 is not one of these.  You will have been written to by the coroner in the case of two unfortunate people who died riding bicycles on CS2 in Tower Hamlets.  This is an issue I have been campaigning on for many years now, so I am speaking as a constituency Member.  I was hoping you would be able to make some public undertakings about what you want to do on CS2.  This is not meant to be a party point.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  No, I understand, John.


John Biggs (AM):  What I would like to see happen is for us to move towards a totally segregated Cycle Superhighway on the road in Tower Hamlets.


Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  At the Bow Roundabout area?

John Biggs (AM):  On the Bow Roundabout down to Aldgate.  I think that is what we want to see and there are two other particularly dangerous junctions both referred to in the coroner’s report at the Bow Roundabout and at Aldgate.  Public assurance requires you to give some sort of undertaking.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I understand that point completely and very sincerely.  I will have to, I am afraid, just refer you to what I have already said on those particular routes and those particular junctions.  As you know, at the Bow Roundabout there is a huge amount that has already now been invested and we have tried to change the configuration there.

This is always going to be an extremely difficult challenge for us on the streets of London and no solution will ever be perfect.  We will do our best and we will invest what it takes, but I cannot guarantee to Londoners that we are going to be able to produce segregation everywhere that it is desired.  I am afraid that is simply not a realistic objective, just because there is not the road space to do it.  I know, John, that you have campaigned on this for a long time.  We will certainly look at it.