Friday 24 December 2010

Jubilee Greenway or Motorway?

The Jubilee Greenway is a path for walkers and cyclists linking the London Olympic and Paralympic Games venues with some of the capital's best attractions, heritage sites, parks, waterways and views.

Young visitors from the Netherlands over for the Olympics? Why not send them out for the day to ride our version of Dutch child friendly cycling infrastructure, the Jubilee Greenway, incorporating Kate Hoey's excellent cycle route past St Thomas' Hospital and crosses over Lambeth Bridge? All 60 km (35 miles) of The Jubilee Greenway is already fully open and available to walk and cycle.

Oh, hang on,  However, a recent audit by Walk England identified several areas which would benefit from further investment to primarily improve accessibility, signage and safety.

I wonder whether there are plans to create a motor traffic free cycle route along Lambeth Palace Road?

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said: “The Jubilee Greenway will be a terrific way for Londoners and Games goers to get around the capital. Whether by foot or by pedal power, people that use the route will be able to enjoy some of London’s best parks and most wonderful waterways. Few capitals of the world can boast such a superb asset for walkers and cyclists.“

The Jubilee Greenway is being supported by a partnership including senior representatives from central government, The Mayor’s office, Royal Parks, The Olympic Delivery Authority, Transport for London, British Waterways, Thames Water and all the relevant local authorities. The Jubilee Walkway Trust is working in partnership with Walk England to coordinate the investment programme.