A ‘record investment’ in cycling has been announced by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who has committed £770million to improve cycling infrastructure and promote cycling in the capital over the next five years.
This equates to £154million per year, and is claimed to be double the spending on cycling made by out-going mayor Boris Johnson. The £17-per-head spending on cycling is close to that spent on leading cycling nations Denmark and the Netherlands.
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The plans were unveiled on Monday by Khan, and are part of the Transport for London (TfL) draft Business Plan. The money represents 5.5 per cent of TfL’s budget, compared to 2.4 per cent spent previously on cycling.
“I said in my manifesto that I’d be the most pro-cycling Mayor London has ever had,” said Khan on Monday. “Today I’m delighted to confirm that TfL will be spending twice as much on cycling over the next five years compared to the previous Mayor.
“Making cycling safe and easier can provide huge benefits for us all – improving our health, cleaning up our toxic air, and helping tackle congestion. By spending £770 million over the course of the next TfL Business Plan, we’ll now be spending the same per head as Denmark and the Netherlands – places famous around the world for their cycling.”
Some of the money will be spent on finishing the north-south Cycle Superhighway, which runs from Farringdon to Kings Cross. There will be two new Cycle Superhighways: Cycle Superhighway 4 from Tower Bridge to Greenwich and Cycle Superhighway 9 from Olympia towards Hounslow.
One aim of the plan is to join up existing cycle routes, to provide a more fluid way for cyclists to navigate the capital.
“Our plans include consulting on two new Cycle Superhighways next year, in addition to a new East-West Route. And unlike the previous Mayor, we will continue to focus on how we can minimise disruption and congestion as we push ahead with the construction of new cycling infrastructure,” said Khan.
A new walking and cycling commissioner for London is due to be appointed by Khan in the near future.
“With record amounts of money now committed for cycling in London, we will continue to work over the coming months developing further detailed plans for making cycling a safe and obvious choice for Londoners of all ages and backgrounds,” confirmed Khan.
The TfL Business Plan is up for approval at a meeting of the TfL board on December 15.