28 Jan '15, 9pm

London is building Europe’s longest bike superhighway

Something seriously newsworthy is happening in London — and no, it has nothing to do with Lady Cora’s affair with that creepy art critic, sorry. Yesterday, London mayor Boris Johnson approved what is said to be Europe’s longest “segregated” bike lane. Segregated bike lanes — what we here in the states would call “protected” lanes — are anything but unequal. The idea is basically to give motorists and bikers proportionate breathing room. It is designed to offer a safer alternative to auto-dominated roadways after a number of cyclist casualties along city roads in recent years. Here’s De Zeen with a word from London’s transport chief: “Cycling is clearly now a major transport option in London, with over 170,000 bike journeys now made across central London every single day,” said Peter Hendy, transport commissioner for London. “These projects will help transform cycling in Lo...

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