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Digital displays to show cycle traffic on two of London’s Cycle Superhighways

Joseph Delves
25 Jan 2017

Tickers to be installed on the Embankment and Blackfriars Bridge

Transport for London is to install digital counters displaying the number of journeys by bike through Cycle Superhighway 3 along Victoria Embankment and across CS6 over Blackfriars Bridge.

Clocking up both daily and yearly totals the tickers will provide a visual counter of how many Londoners are now choosing to make their way across the city by bike.

Similar counters are already in use in Oxford Road, Manchester. 

Having been transformed from an accident blackspot through the addition of a dedicated two-way cycle track, Blackfriars Bridge now sees almost 5,000 cyclists crossing daily on their morning commute.

With cyclists now making up over 70% of total traffic the scheme has been widely judged a huge success.

The segregated lane on Blackfriars Bridge was even busier during a recent tube strike, as even more people took to two wheels to get to work.

TFL believe that the number of journeys by bike could overtake the number by car within the next few years.

With the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan having pledged to increase spending on cycling in his election manifesto, along with approving two new Cycle Superhighways, the counters could prove a convenient way for commuters to gauge the effectiveness of the schemes. 

Featured image: Wikimedia Commons

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