London Invests £111 Million in Cycling Infrastructure

Barclays Cycle Superhighway

At the current exchange rate, that’s $175 million CDN spent on cycling infrastructure in one year. Improving road conditions, creating a bicycle sharing program, increasing bicycle parking facilities and building “Barclays Cycle Superhighways” represent how you implement cycling infrastructure by tackling all aspects at once.

This video explains it all:

Now, you may be thinking, “But everything in England is on a much smaller scale, this could never work over the greater distances in Toronto.” And if you are thinking this, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong.

Consider the first route mentioned, running from outer London to inner London, 8.5 miles or just shy of 14 kms. In Toronto, you could start at Union Station and reach Bluffer’s Park in Scarborough by traveling just one more kilometre. Head in the opposite direction and 14 kms takes you to the 427.

While the current rail corridor development in Toronto is a step in the right direction, these cycling routes fall quite short of actually delivering cyclists into the areas of the city with the highest concentration of employment.

Video via EcoVelo


  1. Excellent coverage of London’s Cycle Superhighways is on

  2. Some good points there.The shosrett route often is not the quickest.I was a messenger in Dublin, Ireland for almost 7 years. Dublin, being an old city has an ancient core with post medival expansion and planning, thus, the city has few long straight runs, with the exception of a few streets on the outskirts and along the river/canal.One of the most important lessons a messenger learns is to plan a route taking the traffic signals into consideration. An unbreakable red light will add minutes to your trip.Secondly, the wind direction is also a huge consideration; on a blustery day a 2 mile trip with a strong headwind will take as long as a 3 mile trip with the same wind behind you. Planning the trip to aviod headwinds when possable, by zigzagging through small streets or slipstreaming large vehicles severly reduces trip time and exertion.Since I’m so familiar with Dublin and the outlying areas, I have a few different mental maps of the city, depending on the weather conditions and the wind direction.

  3. Great post.

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