A new cycle route on Waterloo Bridge has opened, offering cyclists a safe link between the tourist hotspots and busy roads of the Southbank and Embankment. The “cycle friendly” route offers a vital connection over the river, which at its peak sees 579 cyclists an hour - the third highest cycle flow in London.
Councillor Heather Acton, Cabinet member for Sustainability and Parking, said: “This is another key moment for London in becoming a cycling friendly city, making a positive difference to cyclists, as well as to pedestrians - whether residents or visitors to Westminster.
“Last year the number of cyclists on Westminster’s roads increased by 20% and we are investing £40 million to improve our pedestrian and cycling environment. We have worked hard with Transport for London and will continue to implement cycle routes across Westminster. Such changes are important in order to encourage people to use bikes so as to ease congestion and improve air quality.”
The aim is to reduce potential conflict with vehicles and the single yellow lines on the bridge have changed to doubles with all parking suspended 24 hours a day. To link up with the current cycle route on the Lambeth side of the bridge a mandatory cycle lane has been introduced, extending to Embankment and the East-West Cycle Superhighway, past the Strand and up to Covent Garden.
The route will make up part of the Central London Cycle Grid - a network of cycle routes linking key destinations and aiming to overcome some of the barriers to cycling for less confident cyclists. The Central London Cycle Grid is part of the Mayor of London’s Cycling Vision, delivering cycling network improvements across London.
Westminster City Council is consulting on Quietway routes within Westminster; it is following public consultation that the changes have been made on Waterloo Bridge.
To have your say on current consultations visit westminster.gov.uk/cycling-consultations.