Westminster Cycling Campaign News - March 2017

Two cycle facilities now upgraded

Two of Westminster's oldest cycle facilities have now been upgraded to cope with present-day volumes of cyclists.

The cycle track in Wellington Street, at the approach to the Strand, was unable to cope with the numbers of cyclists at peak times:

Wellington Street in 2012
Wellington Street in 2012

The cycle track has now been widened. Among other things, this involved moving the traffic signal posts further apart. At the same time, the Strand footway was lowered, making it more obvious that a cycle track is crossing it. This is something we had been suggesting for many years. Unfortunately the approach to the Strand junction from Waterloo Bridge has not been improved for cyclists.

Wellington Street in 2017
Wellington Street in 2017

It is a similar story at Albert Gate, where a cycle route crosses Knightsbridge to enter Hyde Park. Until the recent upgrade, cyclists were prevented from riding two abreast by the narrow cycle track for southbound cyclists and the narrow openings in the median strip of Knightsbridge:

Albert Gate in 2014
Albert Gate in 2014

A wide cycle track now caters for cyclists in both directions and the gap in the median strip has been widened to allow more cyclists to use the crossing at the same time.

Albert Gate in 2017
Albert Gate in 2017

Both these facilities dated from the first batch of cycle routes introduced in London in the 1980s. They have now been upgraded as part of the Quietways programme.