Plans to ban bikes from Oxford Street criticised by former London cycling commissioner

Andrew Gilligan proposes cycle lane in middle of pedestrianised zone or scrapping of scheme altogether.

(Image credit: TfL)

Former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan has criticised pedestrianisation plans that could see cyclists forced to dismount and walk along Oxford Street.

Under plans put out to consultation by Transport for London (TfL), Europe's busiest shopping street will be transformed into a pedestrian boulevard by Christmas next year, with cyclists having to find alternative east-west routes, although north-south routes crossing Oxford Street will remain open to traffic.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.