This is the next release of the schematic tube style map dedicated to cycling in central London. A number of small changes have been made.
It has been renamed the London Protected Cycle Network. However the aim of the map still remains to same – to highlight where in London the best in cycling infrastructure will be in 2016 and how, as a network, it can help you get around. Corridors such as CS5 and the east west cycle superhighway really are excellent, and as such deserve to be highlighted for all to see, and moreover encouraged to use. But I also must be realistic and the last thing I want to do is mislead people on what is out there if you are on a bike in central London. The link to the map is here:
A quick run through the main changes:
I have changed the headline name from segregated to protected. Of late something I have become more aware of is the power of permeable streets (closed off streets where only bikes and pedestrians have through access). They are very cheap to implement and can offer cyclists the safety of a segregated cycle lane, when done correctly. I don’t want people to get the impression that segregated is the only way to go. In fact, you need both if you are to build an effective cycle network. Consequently the change is to help highlight all forms of top quality cycle infrastructure.
CS2 has been down downgraded. There is no doubt that it is a significant step up from what has been there before. However it still has many issues that make it difficult for a novice or less confident cyclist. The biggest issue is that of there being too large of a gap between the protected kerbs when allowing vehicles to turn left at minor junctions. Without a raised area for the cycle lanes at these junctions, it leaves cyclists very exposed for these short sections. It blurs the line between whether the cyclist or vehicle has priorty and it is this potential confusion that could lead to an accident.
Some links have been changed, such as in parks as well as the CS6 link shortened, as it becomes clearer through time how the proposed network will work and what will be built by 2016.
The hope is that some quietways can be added but I doubt this will occur until after they open and I can test them out.
Well I hope the map is of some use to you. Please spread the word. And again, any feedback most welcome.