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New protected bike lanes will benefit both cyclists and businesses, Camden Council says

New protected bike lanes will benefit both cyclists and businesses, Camden Council says

Haverstock Hill cycle lanes (Camden Cyclists, Twitter) “We might lose some business, but we will be able to save more lives,” said one local trader…

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Haverstock Hill cycle lanes (Camden Cyclists, Twitter) “We might lose some business, but we will be able to save more lives,” said one local trader

A Camden councillor says that recently installed protected bike lanes in the borough will benefit both businesses and local cyclists.

The new segregated cycle lanes, which run for just over a kilometre on Haverstock Hill and Rosslyn Hill between the junction with Prince of Wales Road and Pond Street, were installed this summer as part of an 18-month trial.

The experimental traffic order was passed by Camden Council in August last year, despite a group of Conservative councillors opposing the plans because the road in question (which has an average gradient of three percent, with a slight nudge up to five percent on a section of Haverstock Hill) was deemed “too steep” for many cyclists to use, including schoolchildren.

In fact, four local schools, as well as the Royal Free Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, backed the scheme, which passed through the Labour-dominated council’s culture and environment committee with a majority of five to one.

> Camden cycle lane voted through despite Conservative claim road was “too steep” for it

Despite the strong support for the pop-up trial, the recently-installed bike lanes have encountered a mixed reception from local business owners.In interviews conducted this week by the Hampstead and Highgate Express (link is external) , a handful of local traders criticised the lanes, which they believed made it impossible for customers “to park in the […]

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