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TfL opens southeast London’s first major protected Cycleway

Will Norman, London's Walking and Cycling Commissioner

Transport for London (TfL) has opened a major new 3.6km cycleway between Tower Bridge Road and Rotherhithe.

This new section of Cycleway 4 follows a key corridor along Jamaica Road and Tooley Street and connects southeast London to central London through a fully protected cycle route for the first time.

As part of the work, Rotherhithe roundabout was overhauled, transforming one of the area's most intimidating junctions with a layout designed to be easier to navigate by bike.

The newly opened section of Cycleway 4 is the first of a longer route towards Woolwich, which will be one of London's longest cycle routes once complete.

Work on a further section of the route between Greenwich and Charlton was brought forward and began at the start of September.

The new route between Tower Bridge Road and Rotherhithe is the first permanent section of Cycleway to be completed since the coronavirus pandemic began and is complemented by London’s temporary Streetspace schemes, which includes nearly 80km of new or upgraded cycle lanes.

Cycling in London up 97%

TfL data has shown strong increases in the numbers of people cycling in London since the pandemic started, with an increase in cycling of 97% seen recently on the weekend of September 19-20, compared to the same weekend last year.

Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner (pictured), said: "By providing the first fully protected route from southeast London to central London at a time when many Londoners are beginning to cycle in the city or returning to it, we will enable many more journeys by bike.

“This is more critical than ever to prevent a spike in car use as public transport capacity remains reduced.

TfL has also recently launched an Active Travel Toolkit for employers who are interested in making active travel commuting options part of their recovery plans and beyond.

The toolkit shows employers how they can best enable people to get to work on foot and by bike and is available on the TfL website at

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