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Biking In The Rain: London’s Mayor Wants To Spend $1.4 Billion To Make His City More Bike-Friendly
March 9, 2013
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This could be good news for bicycle riders in London, England.

Mayor Boris Johnson has a plan to spend nearly one and a half billion dollars to turn London into a more cyclist-friendly city.

The $1.4 billion plan includes semi-segregated bike paths along some streets, signposted "Quietways" along back streets (designed for slower, more nervous riders), and extensions and additions to the city's cycling Superhighways, Gizmag reports.

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Riders will be able to get across much of the city safely and easily if the new system is set up.

In the City and West End districts, two of London's busiest areas, a number of routes will be connected, creating a "Central London Grid" for cyclists.

The new network would generally follow, and be named after, the underground rail lines and bus routes that are already in place. So, if you're somehow clever enough to figure out London's transit system, you're in luck.

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Of course, biking in the city can be dangerous, even if it's cycling-friendly, so the plan calls for eight police officers who'd be dedicated to collisions with vehicles.

The thinking is that making it safer and easier to get around by bike, will help ease the pressure on inner London's roads.

In a letter attached to Johnson's proposal, he writes "cycling will be treated not as niche, marginal, or afterthought, but as what it is: an integral part of the transport network."

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Of course, the plan isn't a reality yet, and the mayor could find it challenging to get it through. Most of London's roadways are controlled by borough councils, not the mayor's office.

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But some biking advocates are excited by his ambition and vision, even if it's not guaranteed to become a reality. "Can it happen? We'll have to see. But right now I'm not sure I care," wrote Peter Walker in the Guardian.

"It looks like we have found someone daring to think big about cycling," he continues. "And what do you know? It's Boris Johnson."

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If you'd like to read the full report, it's available on the London.gov.uk website.

Via Inhabitat

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