London boroughs awarded funding to increase uptake of cycling within the city
London boroughs have today (January 23) been awarded £17 million for cycling improvements across the city.
The money, which will be made available over three years, will help boroughs to deliver measures to help increase the take-up of cycling and make the city safer for cyclists.
Some of the funding will be used to install cycle parking spaces at locations across the capital, including 5,000 spaces in Kensington & Chelsea and Waltham Forest alone.
Announcing the additional funding, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “As part of my Cycling Vision, we are engaging in a vast £1 billion programme of improvements to transform cycling in London.
“Making some of this money available directly to the boroughs will help ensure that cycling developments reach communities across the capital.
“These local schemes will add to the innovative measure we’ve already announced, including enhanced cycling superhighways, urban ‘Quietways’ for more cautious cyclists, and turning some outer boroughs into mini-Hollands.â€?
£17.3m borough funding is on top of the broader cycling initiatives already announced by the Mayor as part of his ‘Cycling Vision’.
A ‘Central London grid’, a network of 60 miles of quieter routes for cyclists has recently been opened for consultation.
Leon Daniels, managing director for surface transport at TfL, added: “Getting more people cycling, and more safely are priorities of both TfL and the Mayor, and the nearly £1 billion commitment to cycling we are investing in the next ten years is testament to this.
“All 32 boroughs and the City of London bid for, and received, funding through our Borough Cycling Programme to create more cycle parking, cycling training and driver training all of which will help deliver significant cycle safety improvements.â€?