A recent survey conducted by YouGov Plc showed that 73% of Londoners support removing traffic lanes for Cycle Superhighways .
Asked if they back the new routes even if they took away traffic lanes from motor vehicles, 64% of Londoners supported the cycle superhighways. 24% opposed them. Excluding “don’t knows”, the figures are 73% supportive and 27% opposed.
The Mayor of London’s ambitious Cycle Superhighway plans have been questioned by Canary Wharf Group among others over fears they will slow some motor traffic – but even then, Londoners say, the superhighways should still be built.
Asked if they back the new routes even if this meant journeys by motor vehicles took longer, 51% of Londoners agreed and 26% disagreed. Excluding “don’t knows” and those who did not express a preference, the figures are 66% supportive to 34% opposed or roughly two to one.
The poll, of a representative sample of 1002 Londoners, was conducted between 8 and 13 October by YouGov on behalf of CyclingWorks.London, a group coordinating business responses to the cycling proposals.
More than 100 London businesses have signed up to support the implementation of the superhighways – including RBS, Unilever, Deloitte, Orange, Land Securities, Allen & Overy and CEMEX.
The two superhighways will join up existing and planned routes to create the longest substantially-segregated urban cycleway in Europe, running 18 miles from Barking to Acton. The cycle routes will have the capacity to move 6,000 people each hour, the equivalent of 20 extra Tube trains or 82 additional London buses.
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