London is receiving a £913m investment plan in the realm of transport, part of which is a cross-rail system for bikes.
The route, expected to open in 2016, will span 15 miles, from suburbs to central London, to Barking.
The cycle paths will be segregated in a similar way to the Dutch system in areas such as the Victoria Embankment and the Westway flyover.
However, only £300m of the funding is available at the moment, as Mayor Boris Johnson has announced that the funding will be reviewed in 2015.
He has also said that the government will see massive economic benefits from the scheme.
The announcement of the scheme has sparked a huge amount of excitement from various cycling groups, however many are sceptical due to the funding.
Only part of this is budgeted for at present – this and other schemes will depend on the government grant to TfL staying static, as if not the government will be forced to make cuts in other areas.
The London Assembly were enthusiastic about the plan, however some are saying that £913m is not enough funding.
This is due to the fact that increased cycling and pedestrianisation will result in certain junctions, notorious for being dangerous, will have to be redesigned.
The announcement also revealed that electric bikes will be used during a trial run to see how they work within the city, with public electric bike hiringfacilities throughout the city.
Mr Johnson, talking to the BBC, said: “I want to make it normal, something for everyone, something you feel comfortable doing in your ordinary clothes. Our new routes will give people the confidence to get in the saddle.
The mayor has also expressed his support for the scheme, and his overall plan to improve the environment of London.
Transport for London (TfL) is also considering trials for eye-level traffic signals for cyclists, as well as roundabouts similar to those in the Netherlands, which are more suited and much safer for cyclists.
Additional measures being investigated include encouraging haulage companies to undertake out-of-hours deliveries and monitoring the experience of cities which have banned lorries from certain parts.
One concern, raised by Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat chair of the London Assembly’s transport committee is that the funding simply will not be enough to fully complete the scheme, saying that this level f funding is not an advancement on previous years, and its impact will become less and less effective as production continues.
The first “Quietways” could open next year, with the improved Superhighways and the central section of “bike Crossrail” expected to be completed by 2016.