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Maurice Burton Way leads new names for London's cycleways

Will Strickson
10 Dec 2020

Following a competition by Brompton and charity Possible, popular routes will now honour figures, including Burton and Tao Geoghegan Hart

London cycleways are to be named after local cycling legends including Maurice Burton and Tao Geoghegan Hart following a public vote.

The competition, run by Brompton and climate charity Possible, rececived 1,000 name suggestions and over 5,000 votes with Maurice Burton Way – named after Britain's first black male cycling champion – leading the charge.

All routes are currently numbered cycleways but in 2019 Transport for London ditched the 'Cycle Superhighways' title after the Transport Select Committee recommended they be changed to 'something more inclusive'.

The CS7, which cuts through South London between the City and Colliers Wood, will become Maurice Burton Way – the most popular name suggested by Jack Barber after Burton, who hails from Catford and runs De Ver Cycles in Streatham.

Barber said: 'I nominated Burton after seeing an interview with him during Black History Month. This competition felt like one small way of giving Maurice Burton the positive public recognition he deserves as both a champion and a pillar of the cycling community.

'I emailed Maurice to let him know I'd submitted his name and he was very pleased to be nominated, and told me that he hoped it might encourage youngsters to get into the sport.'

The next most popular choice was Beryl Burton Way, after the British cycling legend who competed when women's cycling wasn't included in the Olympics, which will be the name for the CS2 which goes between Aldgate to Stratford – past the Olympic stadium.

In third place was Reynolds Route, taking over from the C6 that runs between Kentish Town and Elephant & Castle, after Tessie Reynolds who broke the record cycling from Brighton to Hyde Park and back in pantaloons and a coat when she was just 16 in 1893 – a milestone for women's rights.

Other names include Tao's Route for the CS1 – after Giro d'Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, Chaplin Chase for the C4 – after avid cyclist Charlie Chaplin, and Claudia Way for the C9 – after the founder of the Notting Hill Carnival.

Hirra Khan Adeogun, senior campaigner at Possible said of the competition: 'We name the things we love and care about in our daily lives – our tube lines, rivers and famous buildings all have names. And now London's cycleways have fantastic names chosen by the public which reflect how much Londoners cherish them.'

For the full list of winning names, visit the Possible website here

Lead image: Juan Trujillo Andrades

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