Four new London roads dedicated to cyclists got the go ahead today as Mayor Boris Johnson seeks to triple the number of people traveling by bike over the next 10 years.

Europe’s longest bicycle routes, spanning nine boroughs, including an east-west link from Tower Hill to Westbourne Terrace near Paddington and a south-north path from Elephant and Castle to Kings Cross, were approved by the Transport for London board, TfL said. Building work costing about 160 million pounds ($245 million) is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

The network, touted as safer for riders, will bring London closer to the pro-cycle cultures of Amsterdam and Copenhagen while reducing overcrowding on other roads and the Tube subway system, according to a statement. Earlier plans that included an elevated glass tunnel or a separate cycle lane on existing highways marked by a blue border had been deemed unsuitable.

“We know that Londoners want these routes and that they want them to be delivered to the high standard I promised, as quickly as possible,” Johnson said. “I will keep that promise and spades will begin hitting the ground next month.”

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