The Mayor of London has called for London to lead a cycling revolution. A modal shift to cycling can help with reducing CO2
emissions and alleviate pressure on overcrowded public transport routes.
New developments are required to provide a defined amount of cycle provision based on numbers of residents and projected visitors. Cycle parking can be seen as clutter, placement of Sheffield stands is therefore important and should be located in a ‘clutter’ zone, bearing in mind that the spatial impact is greater when a bicycle is actually attached. Cycle stands should be minimalistic and visually unobtrusive.
• Visual impact of paint
Cycle lanes can be segregated, using hard engineering, or merely distinguished using paint. In both instances cycle lanes take up carriageway or pavement space. One particular issue with cycle lanes, especially on pavement, is that cyclists and pedestrians are brought into close proximity and, therefore, potential conflict.
There are two specific high profile cycle schemes in London. Click the links to the right to find out the urban design issues associated with these: