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 14 December 2013 10:17 AM
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acsinuk

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There is a considerable amount of effort being made to promote cycling in London which really is a splendid idea. Quick, healthy and green. However, cycle super highways are so congested in the rush hour that is it not always possible to squeeze them onto the edge of an existing road safely.
As GLC is also involved with the LUL underground it is a natural that the sides of railway tracks should most certainly be considered when planning any major routes into and out of the capital. Many old railway lines all over England have already been converted to cycle paths as they are flat with no steep gradients ideally suited for bikes.
Extending this idea to taking over a few yards each side of existing railways easements should prove an easy and economical way for the GLC to expanding the bike super highway network and improving the safety of biking in London
CliveS
 14 December 2013 12:47 PM
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kengreen

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I heartily second that motion - too long ago I toured the UK by bicycle and their is no better way to see the countryside.

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 14 December 2013 04:48 PM
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iie62478

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Nice idea but will require a lot of additional fencing to keep cyclists off the railway land, also may need additional land where the railway solum is only just enough for the tracks and safe cess on each side.

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 18 December 2013 04:51 PM
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acsinuk

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Yes, iie but that is pea nuts if it saves building flyovers at junctions like Bow roundabout. Just think of the congestion building anything on a main dual route would cause. Will be much cheaper to lift the rail track and move them a few feet into the middle!
The mayor is normally very supportive of economic measures that make our bikers safer.
CliveS
 19 December 2013 08:43 AM
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ectophile

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You're still going to have to build bridges every time there's a junction in the railsways, or risk cyclists being squished by passing trains as they cross the tracks.

There's also issues of safe working gaps between passing trains and between trains and cyclists. Where the track is in a cutting or on an embankment, it may be necessary to cut an extra path into the bank side for the cycle track, and that's going to add cost.

By the time you've finished, the cost of installing safe crossings, fencing and so on is going to be a lot more than just the cost of a simple tarmac path.

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 31 December 2013 11:31 AM
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acsinuk

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Yes, it is expensive but the railways are level and cyclists can't be expected to go up and over road junctions to maintain separation from vehicles. Building flyovers for vehicles is a non starter as it would be a ridiculous waste of money.
Think of the run from Wimbledon to Waterloo and Victoria; its a must for a cycle track. The old broad street line through moorgate towards canary wharf is another route that needs to be looked at byTfL urgently,
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CliveS
 07 January 2014 05:17 PM
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acsinuk

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Aljazirea ran an article yesterday on a sky cycleway which they claim was to be built over the tracks. Can't imagine what will happen when you get to a bridge? Better to takeover the sidings and cess and pay to move the rail toward the middle. LIfting and relaying rail track a few feet sideways is no longer a big job as the machinery is quite fantastic
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