New investment for cycling in London
Posted on By Emu Bikes,
It has been announced, as part of the Transport for London draft Business Plan, that £154 million per year will be spent on cycling over the next five years.
Amounting to £17 per person per year, the aim is to reach a target of 1.5 million cycle journeys per day by 2025/6. New measures are to include:
• Completing phase two of the North-South Cycle Superhighway from Farringdon to Kings Cross, which will begin construction in 2017
• Extending the East-West Cycle Superhighway from Lancaster Gate
• Work to deliver Cycle Superhighway 11 from Swiss Cottage to the West End (which the Mayor has endorsed - next steps to be announced very soon)
• Two new Cycle Superhighways (Tower Bridge to Greenwich and Olympia to Hounslow)
• Working with London boroughs; the 3 ‘Mini Hollands’ in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest, plus more. Quietway routes will be planned or rolled out in different areas of the city.
• Creating a new cyclist and pedestrian bridge between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, which will also link Cycle Superhighways north and south of the river
The Mayor also announced that he will appoint a new walking and cycling commissioner to be an advocate for active travel in London.
Sadiq Khan’s, Mayor of London, vision for London was published in October last year. He has a clear vision to encourage cycling in London with a focus on achieving this through a ‘Healthy Streets’ approach The vision doesn’t mention e-bikes specifically but they have an important role to play in encouraging people to cycle and to cycle further and, as such, form a key part of the ‘Healthy Street’s approach