Quietways consultation

Thu, 01/10/2015

Westminster City Council is calling for feedback on its proposals for changes to cycle routes in central London. A public consultation on Quietway routes has opened and will run until 16 October.

This is the second round of public consultations, which will make up in total seven Quietway routes. Quietways are signed cycling routes, linking key destinations, which follow backstreet routes avoiding some of the busier highly trafficked roads in the area. They are designed to help overcome some of the barriers to cycling for less confident cyclists and those who prefer a quieter journey.

The Quietways are part of the Greater London Authority's (GLA’s) Central London Cycle Grid, which Westminster City Council, Transport for London (TfL), and other local authorities are supporting. The Central London Cycle Grid is part of the Mayor of London's Cycling Vision, to deliver improvements across London comprising a network of Quietways and Cycle Superhighway routes.

Quietway routes that are being consulted on are:

  • Southbank to Bloomsbury
  • Edgware Road to Fitzrovia

Proposed changes include:

  • double yellow lines on Waterloo Bridge to give more space  for cyclists
  • removing  a bus stop at the junction from Waterloo Bridge to the Strand and using nearby bus stops in Aldwych or Strand as alternatives
  • widening and resurfacing of routes, and repaving and widening of pedestrian footways
  • removing pinch points at junctions
  • introduction of two-way cycling routes
  • relocation of parking bays.

The Quietway routes are part of Westminster City Council’s 2014 Cycling Strategy, a £40million investment on improvements to create a better and safer pedestrian and cycling environment. This includes free City Cycle courses, increasing the amount of cycle parking, encouraging businesses to become cycle friendly, free monthly mechanical repairs with Dr Bike, and a choice of free themed led rides showcasing Westminster’s hidden histories.

How can I find out more?

View our proposals and have your say on the cycling consultation pages.

Residents who live along the proposed routes have also received a letter detailing the changes. Public exhibitions will be held for each route defining the consultation where you will be able to view the plans and ask questions.

Subject to design work and consultation, these Quietway routes will be implemented by 2016.

Last updated: 5 August 2016
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