Olympics legacy planners have a cyclists-and-walkers idea — 7 years after the event

Olympic©DA12: Mo Farah and other Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the City of London at the start of the public celebration 10Sep12 © david.altheer@gmail.com


HURRAH, CYCLING IS TO BE BOOSTED by the people delivering the Olympics legacy to us northeast Londoners.

Proposals to narrow Westfield Avenueand Montfichet Road to one lane in both directions, and widen pavements, so segregated bike lanes can be built are being worked on by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

What, only now, almost seven years after the event?

Yes, the corporation was formed in April 2012 and as a blogger, Hackney Cyclist, and other critics have pointed out, its green-transport work includes a segregated cycleway that is “useless, linking nothing… almost always full of obstructions”. Other cycleways are useful, he admits.

Londoner Stevie Dee said in the Evening Standard that motorised transport had benefited most from the corporation’s legacy because “active modes of transport have consistently been overlooked or ignored”. Yet more roads had been built.

Olympic©DA12: Mo Farah and other Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the City of London at the start of the public celebration 10Sep12 © david.altheer@gmail.com
How we cheered Mo Farah and other Olympians. Yet only now are plans emerging to make Stratford, top, more cycle-friendly

The main western cycling gateway to the park was “a staircase”. Dee found it “mystifying” that the LLDC thought it could get away with it”. Now it was having to take the installation of green-transport facilities seriously.

What will the redesign of key roads cost? Why, £25 million. That is, apart from the salaries paid by the corporation: its chief executive gets £195,925 the deputy £176,326 — more than the Prime Minister is paid.

LLDC director Mark Camley said: “We are committed to ensuring that people walk, cycle and use public transport in line with the Mayor’s ambitions for London.”

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