LONDON, Sept 3 Plans for two continuous cycle
routes which will cross central London from north to south and
east to west were announced on Wednesday as part of a 913
million pound initiative to reduce rush-hour traffic and make
roads safer in the capital.
The new urban cycleways will be almost completely separate
from motor traffic and will be open in March 2016, London Mayor
Boris Johnson's office said.
The north-south route will run for more than three miles
from Elephant and Castle to King's Cross, while the 18 mile
east-west route will connect Barking to Acton.
Several dangerous junctions will be provided with protected
cycle routes, and more pedestrian space is to be created in
areas frequented by tourists, including the Victoria Embankment
and Parliament Square, the Mayor's office said.
Cycling campaigners have long urged the Mayor to do more to
make London's congested roads safer for bike users.
In November 2013, six cyclists were killed in London within
a two-week period, bringing the overall number of cyclists
killed in London to 14 in that year.
(Reporting by Hannah Murphy; editing by Stephen Addison)