TfL does not recommend Q1 Quietway 1 for cycling for commuting, even from Greenwich DLR to the National Theatre

Quietway 1

On 9th January 2017 the TfL Journey Planner did not recommend using Quietway 1 to cycle between its start and finish points. Sensible.┬áNor does TfL recommend Sustrans’┬áNational Cycle Network Route 4. Also sensible. The mauve line is the old London Cycle Network 2 (parts of which have become Q1) and the purple line is a route I have not seen on another cycle map.

Quietway 1, the first of its kind, was opened in June 2016. It follows an indirect and rather shady route that is unsuited to commuter use, especially at this time of year. So most cyclists use the A2 or the A200 – as they have always done. Nor is Q1 suited to leisure use. The urban landscape is pleasanter than the A roads but nowhere near pleasant enough to attract sightseers users. Imay have two uses (1) short journeys to local destinations (2) trips by people who appreciate cycling as an end in itself.

I looked up the Journey Planner to see if the route was affected by the Tube Strike. It wasn’t, but a bike in Central London is useful on a day like this.

Tom Turner

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