London's Bike Superhighways Are Incredibly Successful

Posted by Morgan Clendaniel

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We've written before about London's bike superhighways, a series of two-way, bright blue bike lanes radiating out of the center of London. Now that they have been in place for a few months, we're starting to see some numbers. Says Cyclelicious:

Transport for London (TfL) says studies show a big increase in bike use along two newly-painted Cycle Superhighways. They compared numbers in October 2010 versus the same month in 2009 and discovered an overall increase of 70% more cyclists for both routes.

To clarify, that means that the number of bikers on the streets pre-superhighways was 70 percent lower than it is now that the superhighways have been installed. That's some effective bike promotion, if I've ever seen it (Streetsblog notes that this also coincides with the launch of London's bikeshare program). Will other cities see this information and start doing more for bike lane planning than simply laying them on the side of the street?

Image: LOOK - A Boris Blue Route, a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike (2.0) image from naturewise's photostream