Cycling appears to still be at the forefront of the political battle for the Mayor of London candidacy, with Labour’s Sadiq Khan unveiling his six-point plan for the capital’s cyclists on Tuesday.
Khan’s plans are aimed to make cycling in London easier and safer, and includes a review of the Safer Junctions programme and a continuation of the current Cycle Superhighways programme.
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He also wants to investigate the feasibility of Paris-style car-free weekends in the city’s centre, and introduce more 20mph speed limits.
“I’ll make London a byword for cycling around the world – making it easier and safer to get around our city by bike and encouraging thousands more Londoners to take up cycling,” said Khan.
“We still have a long way to go to make London safer for cyclists – and for those who would like to cycle but currently don’t feel comfortable doing so.”
Khan says that he wishes to build on the success of existing cycling projects in the capital, and expand them where possible to improve London’s cycling infrastructure.
“I want to develop and accelerate the progress made with London’s bike hire scheme and Cycle Superhighways, learning from what has worked and what hasn’t,” he said.
“Where possible, I want to see safe and segregated provision delivered on Superhighway routes, quiet ways and in our town centres, as well as many more cycle storage and parking spaces.”
The key points of Khan’s cycling plan
- Continuing the Cycle Superhighway Programme, investigating new routes and learning the lessons from earlier schemes, with a focus on segregated provision where appropriate.
- Prioritising Quiet Ways to broaden London’s safe cycle network, completing the roll out of the existing town-centre cycling improvement plans, and begin a new round of schemes.
- An urgent review of the Safer Junction Programmes to identify and commit to improvements at more of the major accident blackspots.
- Rolling out 20mph zones across the city as part of the ’20’s Plenty’ campaign.
- Pedestrianising Oxford Street, improve cycle access and look at introducing car-free weekends, following the lead of Paris.
- Delivering more cycle storage and parking, using the London Plan to ensure provision in new office and residential developments, while working with London boroughs deliver more on-street secure parking provision in residential areas.
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The London mayoral elections are scheduled to take place on May 5 2016. Current mayor, Boris Johnson (Conservatives), will not be standing for re-election having already served two terms. Zac Goldsmith is the Conservative’s candidate.
Khan currently leads Goldsmith by a narrow margin in the opinion polls.