Europe’s busiest diagonal crossing was unveiled today by London Mayor Boris Johnson following a £5million makeover which has seen Oxford Circus get the X factor.
For the first time ever shoppers will be able to cross the busy intersection diagonally in an ‘X’ as well as straight ahead – meaning the junction will be able to handle double the number of pedestrians and ease overcrowding.
Taking a lead from Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing, renowned for allowing large numbers to cross with ease, Oxford Circus, the gateway to London’s premier shopping destination, has had its barriers and street clutter ripped out and remodelled, giving the 200million shoppers and workers that visit annually around 70 per cent more freedom to move around.
The Mayor of London and Transport for London have released a plan to improve cyclists safety on the roads of London.
London’s boroughs and cycling groups are being asked to comment on the content of the plan, which highlights the needs for action by:
· Promoting the cycling safety message to all road users.
· Delivering new, safe cycle routes and facilities – such as the new Cycle Superhighways routes and the central London Cycle Hire scheme with its 6,000 bikes.
· Confidence boosting training for cyclists, and other road users –£3 million has been invested in cycle training this year.
· Encouraging HGV(heavy goods vehicles) operators in London to take cycling safety seriously – including engaging with 7,000 London companies and encouraging them to join TfL’s Freight Operators Recognition Scheme.
· Working with over 300 freight companies which operate construction vehicles – they will be encouraged to install side-bars or other safety devices on HGVs that are currently exempt.
· Calling for Government action to improve HGV safety – by removing the current exemption for some construction vehicles to have side-bars and requiring cycle safety awareness as a mandatory part of HGV drivers ‘Certificate of Professional Competence’ (CPC) periodic training requirement.
· Championing the need to allow trials of innovative safety measures – such as Trixi mirrors in London to examine their potential benefits for cycling safety.
· Creating a Cycle Safety Working Group of key road user and cycling organisations
More than 1,000 jobs will be created as part of a £100m green funding boost to regenerate some of the poorest parts of London, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Paweł Samecki announced today.
The joint funding will finance decentralised energy, recycling and waste energy creation projects. A proposal for a new decentralised energy network in Barking is currently under consideration as one of the first projects to receive support. As well as regeneration benefits, the projects will promote sustainable and carbon neutral economic growth, combat climate change and help the capital towards its target of reducing London’s CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2025.
Will Alsop OBE, one of Britain’s most renowned architects and winner of the coveted Stirling Prize, has announced that he is to create a studio called ‘Will Alsop at RMJM’ as part of the RMJM worldwide architectural firm.
Will Alsop’s appointment completes the recent management reorganisation at RMJM’s base in London, where he will take pole position, aimed at creating a flagship office within the RMJM global network.
Winner of the Stirling Prize in 2000 for the Peckham Library in London, Alsop has worked extensively across the UK and internationally with major projects in Toronto, Marseilles, Hamburg and New York. Recent projects in the UK include the affectionately nicknamed ‘Chips’ building in Manchester, The Public in West Bromwich and a luxury hotel development on the banks of the River Thames.
In his new role at RMJM, his energies will be very much focused on building a world class global design studio which further enhances and develops RMJM’s reputation in the UK and abroad.
Alsop will be supported in his new design role by a recently appointed management team. Miriam White, previously of Rafael Viñoly Architects and Foster + Partners, joined the studio as Operations Director and Scott Lawrie, who has held senior positions at PRP Architects, John McAslan & Partners and Foster + Partners, has joined the team as Principal.
Ever wanted to ride past Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and The Tower of London with your friends or family on a car free road? Well September 20 getting your helmet and bike ready to cycle the streets of London car free as apart of the Mayor of London’s Skyride. The event is will have activities along the route for the whole family including Professional BMX and Mountain Bike riders performing tricks, Skyride Active Zone – Tips on health and wellbeing from British Cycling and Bike4Life. Just register at bristish cycling.
Mayor of London Skyride Route Map - SOURCE: British Cycling
Both London and Boston announced this week that they will be installing a share bicycle scheme using the Bixi system that is used and made in Montreal.
The London (UK) scheme will be run by Serco for a cost of 140 million pounds over 6 years. The system will incorporate 400 docking stations across a 44 square kilometre travel zone.
On the same day the city of Boston announced that they were in negotiations with Public Bike System Co. – the makers of the Bixi system to install 290 stations and 2,500 bikes across the city by next summer.
Currently the manufacturer is working on solutions to the current issue in Montreal reported by La Presse in July that one in five bicycles have been vandalised.
Five firms of architects closely allied to the Prince of Wales’s approach to architecture will compete to draw up plans for the vacant Chelsea barracks site in London, after the prince succeeded in blocking an earlier design that he deemed “unsuitable”.