A proposed segregated cycling track through west London was today criticised by business owners who claim it could create a “speedway for cyclists” and “cripple” trade.
The Cycle Superhighway 9 route would link Kensington Olympia with Hammersmith, Chiswick and Brentford and could open within two years - writes standard.co.uk.
The two-way segregated track would run along Hammersmith Road, King Street and Chiswick High Road. It would be the first such superhighway in west London.
Opponents believe the route would cause “gridlock” on the busy High Road and businesses say it would hinder van deliveries, restrict pavement access and limit parking.
But supporters say the £70 million route would improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians and reduce traffic in residential roads.
David Lesniak, 55, who runs restaurant Outsider Tart, said: “Transport for London plan the route as a way to get from A to B. There’s no reason to think that cyclists will stop to shop or eat in Chiswick. It’s either a speedway or a pleasant cycle route. It cannot be both.” He added that reduced pavement space “translates to restaurants removing outdoor seating”.