Quick Fixes

Westminster has an extensive network of one-way streets. These are a significant obstacle to cycling.

We have given the council a list of one-way streets that could usefully be made two-way for cycling. As major engineering or changes to traffic signals are not generally required, these could be relatively quick fixes.

This list is only the tip of the iceberg: there are many more one-way streets that could and should be made two-way for cycling.

Douglas Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Douglas Street from Chapter Street to Vincent Square would create a quiet route allowing people from Cycle Superhighway 5 to continue towards Victoria Street, parallel to the heavily-trafficked Vauxhall Bridge Road.

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Greenwell Street (or Carburton Street)

Enabling two-way cycling on Greenwell Street (or Carburton Street) from Cleveland Street to Great Titchfield Street would allow people from the northeast to reach the Council's new Fitzrovia to Edgware Road Quietway 2 cycle route, enabling more people to use it. 

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Marylebone Lane

Enabling two-way cycling on Marylebone Lane from Wigmore Street to Marylebone High Street would give easier access to this attractive, restored historic street, escaping the heavily-trafficked Wigmore Street and Marylebone High Street.

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Noel Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Noel Street from Berwick Street to Wardour Street would allow people cycling eastbound parallel to Oxford Street on Noel Street to continue northbound, rather than being forced southbound.

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Old Compton Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Old Compton Street from Charing Cross Road to Wardour Street would open the heart of Soho to people on bikes and address the anomaly that contraflow cycling road markings already exist but have no traffic order supporting them.

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Tachbrook Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Tachbrook Street from Rampayne Street would create a two-way cycle route parallel to the heavily-trafficked Vauxhall Bridge Road, which is currently impossible northbound.

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Tavistock Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Tavistock Street from Southampton Street to Wellington Street would create a two-way cycle route parallel to the heavily-trafficked Strand, which is currently impossible eastbound.

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Broadwick Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Broadwick Street from Poland Street to Wardour Street would buck the trend of Soho becoming an area where direct cycling is becoming impossible.

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Carlisle Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Carlisle Street from Soho Square to Dean Street would give people a new route out of this area of poor permeability.

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Delamere Terrace

Enabling two-way cycling on Delamere Terrace from Lord Hills Road to Westbourne Terrace Road would address the current situation in which people riding along the Grand Union Canal cannot continue eastbound towards Paddington without contravening a traffic order.

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Foley Street/Langham Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Foley Street/Langham Street from Cleveland Street to Hallam Street would create a two-way alternative to Oxford Street through Fitzrovia, requiring no changes to traffic signals.

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Riding House Street

Enabling two-way cycling on Riding House Street from Langham Place to Cleveland Street would create a two-way alternative to Oxford Street through Fitzrovia, requiring no changes to traffic signals.

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Holbein Place

Enabling two-way cycling on Holbein Place from Holbein Mews to Graham Terrace would break this barrier to riding from Chelsea into Belgravia on the Quietway 15 cycle route. ('Except cycles' signage on Holbein Mews was briefly in place then removed.)

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Graham Terrace

Enabling two-way cycling on Graham Terrace from Eaton Square to Bourne Terrace would create a more direct route from Belgravia into Chelsea.

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