LCC says mini-Hollands will be a success if they deliver "safe and inviting streets where anyone can cycle"
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 12:20pm 10 March 2014
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- Tagged with: mini-hollands, Enfield, love london go dutch, Kingston, Waltham Forest
The London Cycling Campaign has welcomed the announcement that three boroughs – Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest – will each receive £30 million to build substantial cycling facilities in their town centres as part of the mini-Holland bidding process.
Four other boroughs – Bexley, Ealing, Merton and Richmond - will share £10 million to put in place smaller projects in their town centres, while Newham is being invited to bid for another pot of TfL money in order to redesign Stratford town centre.
We believe the success of these projects will be measured against their delivery of cycle routes that are safe and inviting for people of all ages and abilities to cycle in comfort and safety.
And we're calling for these mini-Hollands to mark the beginning of significant investment in cycling in every borough in Greater London in order for the capital to gain from the tremendous benefits that mass cycling can bring in reducing congestion on our streets and on public transport, as well as the major health, economic and environmental gains.
LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said, "The creation of Dutch-style town centres was one of the commitments made by Mayor Boris Johnson in the run-up to the 2012 mayoral election as a result of our 'Love London, Go Dutch' campaign, and it's great to see this promise a step closer to becoming a reality.
"We thank everyone who helped put pressure on the Mayor in 2012, and our local borough volunteers for pushing their local councils to bid for measures that, if implemented properly, could make major improvements to local cycling journeys.
"To be a success, these mini-Holland projects must deliver safe and inviting streets where anyone can cycle, which means building high-quality protected lanes on main roads and providing safe passage through major junctions. On smaller streets, councils must look at removing through motor traffic and reducing motor traffic speeds to 20mph or lower."
Adrian Lauchlan of Enfield Cycling Campaign said, "We're thrilled Enfield has won this funding, especially as, during the bid process, Enfield Council made an effort to listen to local cyclists, improving the quality of its proposals along the way."
Jonathan Fray of Kingston Cycling Campaign said, "We're delighted with this win, and are very pleased the council's mini-Holland bid prioritises safe journeys through the borough, including providing protected space on key main roads and safe cycling through a number of major junctions in Kingston."
Simon Munk of the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign said, "We're excited because the bid proposals are a step-change in how Waltham Forest Council treats cycling, being genuinely about attracting large numbers of people who don't currently cycle on to the boroughs roads. Most exciting of all, Waltham Forest could soon have the largest rat-run-free 'home zone' in the capital [see the graphic at the top of the page], which could be a model for every other borough to follow."
The three winning projects are:
Enfield A section of Enfield town centre will become motor-traffic free, with protected cycle lanes on key main roads to Edmonton and Palmers Green. The A1010 Hertford Road will also have cycle lanes installed, and it's essential these are high-quality protected lanes. Download bid details
Kingston New cycle routes to connect Kingston town centre to Richmond, Wimbledon and Surbiton, with protected lanes on key main roads, a Dutch-style roundabout treatment in New Malden, and a Thameside boardwalk and cycle-friendly river crossing. Download bid details
Waltham Forest A proposed new protected cycle route along Lea Bridge Road, with a radical rework of the Whipps Cross roundabout. This proposal also includes areas of Walthamstow turned into Dutch-style cycle-friendly "home zones" by removing rat-running and through motor traffic to quieter people-friendly streets. Key north-south and east-west cycle routes will be completed to a high standard. Download bid details