Hopefully good news around the corner for Chris Froome in the Vuelta. Outside of sport, cycling is playing an increasingly important infrastructure which is helping to drive the property market. News of further expansion of the London cycling routes (see linked article on the positive impact on housing) comes alongside announcements today from the Chinese Government with ambitious plans to create the world's biggest cycle network.
Cycling has a great role to play in opening up our towns and cities as well as supporting lifestyle and leisure. The impact of the Camel Trail and Tarka Trail in the SW for instance has been considerable.
The aspiration of cycling is becoming a greater selling point for property development even if the reality of donning the lycra lags a little way behind.
In London, 670,000 journeys a day are now made by bicycle says Transport for London (TfL). Now TfL has plans for more cycle ways with London’s first Quietway – Q1 – opening last June between Waterloo and Greenwich. The route passes through Deptford, where owners of new homes at Kent Wharf, near the River Thames, will have bicycle storage at apartments being built by Bellway. Meanwhile, on the opposite side of the capital in south-west London’s Colliers Wood, Morris Court is a collection of 42 apartments close to the start of TfL’s Cycle Superhighway 7, an 8.5-mile safe cycling route to Southwark Bridge. Lucy Chitty, sales and customer services director at L&Q says: “London’s cycle routes are creating faster and more direct journeys, making the city even more accessible than ever before.