Who the hell would have expected a Conservative Mayor to be the champion of the Bicycle? His cycling plan for London squarely takes aim at car culture by dedicating 1.4 Billion dollars to building bike lanes. This includes taking back a lane of elevated highway:

The flagship of his plan is a 24-kilometre bike “superhighway,” separated from traffic and running from west to east through the heart of the city. It is expected to be the longest of its kind in Europe. Part of it will take over a lane of an elevated highway, the Westway. As Mr. Johnson puts it, “the ultimate symbol of how the urban motorway tore up our cities will become the ultimate symbol of how we are claiming central London for the bike.”

The Globe and Mail is covering this as a lesson for Toronto. I couldn’t agree more.

London mayor’s ambitious bike plan a lesson for other cities – especially Toronto – The Globe and Mail