The biggest growth in cycling will come not from long-distance routes, but enabling everyone to ride short distances locally. So we want London’s next Mayor to fund a large town centre cycling and walking scheme in every London borough to enable and encourage more local journeys to be made by bike.
The creation of Dutch-style town centres in London was one of the commitments Mayor Boris Johnson made to London Cycling Campaign and also to the 42,000 Londoners who supported our Love London, Go Dutch campaign in the run-up to the 2012 mayoral election.
The result was the "Mini Holland" schemes where Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest each received £30 million from the Mayor to build substantial cycling and walking facilities in their town centres.
We consider ‘Mini Holland’ programmes to be large, area-wide schemes around major town centres, with the purpose of improving quality of life for all and economic activity, by making cycling safe and attractive for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
What does the next Mayor need to do?
- We want London’s next Mayor to make funding available to every London borough (except those who have already received funding) within the next 10 years, for a ‘mini Holland’ scheme:
- Each borough scheme must be funded by substantial, concentrated and sustained investment
- The scheme should deliver improvements with the aim of radically boosting cycling and walking routes and rates.
- Schemes should utilise protected space for cycling on main roads, motor traffic filtering, reduced speed limits and other measures that help to create safe space for cycling and walking.
Why is this important?
In Holland, bicycles are used for nearly half of all journeys from home to work (up to 7.5 kilometres), and for more than half (55 percent) of all short journeys to and from school or educational courses. Local journeys, like to the leisure centre, or visiting friends, are also primarily made on foot or by bike. Comparatively, in outer London, half of all car journeys are under two miles long; journeys which could easily be walked or cycled.
TfL evidence shows how much scope there is to switch shorter car journeys focussed around our town centres, to the tube, shops and cinema, to cycling or walking. But London's regional centres need appropriate cycling infrastructure that encourages many more people to ride from their front door into their nearest town centre.
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