New investment for cycling in London

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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

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