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London launches latest Quietway cycle route

The route runs from Blackfriars Road to Tower Bridge Road and is marked with purple signs to guide cyclists

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The Southwark Quietway cycle route is declared opened
The Southwark Quietway cycle route is declared opened

The latest section of Transport (TfL) for London’s city-wide Quietway cycle network has opened in the borough of Southwark.

 

The network aims to form continuous and convenient cycle routes on less-busy back streets across London and is designed to make roads healthier and safer for all road users.

 

Ideal for those new to London cycling

 

The routes are clearly marked with purple signs to help cyclists find their way and are ideal for people who prefer to cycle on quieter streets, especially if they are new to cycling in London.

 

The Q14 route runs from Blackfriars Road to Tower Bridge Road, starting at Nicholson Street and passing along quiet back streets, parallel to and just south of Southwark Street. It continues past London Bridge Station and Guys Hospital, to arrive at the Tower Bridge Road and Tanner Street junction.

 

Motor vehicles are banned from sections of the route and contra-flow cycle lanes have been created on one-way streets. Junction improvements, have been made and new surfacing for cyclists and pedestrians has been laid.

 

TfL has committed funding to extend Q14 on to Canada Water and the borough boundary at South Dock, in coming years. The first Quietway was opened in 2016 and there are four further routes under construction and development.

 

“Southwark Council is committed to getting people cycling and walking and our new Quietway 14 route in Borough and Bermondsey is specially designed to help people take their first step, or pedal, to the shops, the library, or to school,” said Cabinet Member for environment, highways management and air quality, Cllr Richard Livingstone.

“The latest figures show that Quietways are leading to a big increase in cycling with 24,000 bike journeys on Quietway 2 within its first week of opening”

“Walking and cycling are wonderful ways to stay healthy, and to fit exercise into your daily routine, while also helping to clean Southwark’s air. I hope Q14 will encourage more people to leave their cars at home and start taking short trips on foot or by bicycle.”

 

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, who has already launched a number of clean air initiatives, said given the damaging impact toxic air has on our city, it is vital to enable more Londoners to cycle and reduce journeys by car.

 

He added: “The latest figures show that Quietways are leading to a big increase in cycling with 24,000 bike journeys on Quietway 2 within its first week of opening.

 

"It is great to see that Londoners of all ages and abilities are embracing the opportunity to ride safely on backstreets and now many more people will be able to benefit.”

 

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