Despite a spate of cycling deaths, routes could now be abandoned

City of London Corporation to block several safe cycling ‘Quietways’

Many of the Quietway routes designed to accomodate safe cycling around the capital are predicted to be blocked by the City of London Corporation.

Around half of those routes first proposed by Mayor Boris Johnson to promote active travel could face the chop, despite three deaths as a result of HGVs coming together with cyclists already this year.

According to the Standard, a report submitted to the City Corporation’s Streets Committee has raised concerns about one route’s ‘compatibility’ with Smithfield Market.

A further quietway linking the Cycle Superhighway at Liverpool Street, Aldgate and Tower Gateway will also be ditched, largely because of objections to allowing cyclists to use Bishop’s Square – a piece of private land owned by the City Corporation.

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said it "“Will put these proposals up for public consultation and we will of course be listening to those who might have concerns.”

Three quietway routes, released for public consultation and running through Westminster Council territory, have already been branded ‘extremely dissapointing’.

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