Cycle routes under threat as mayor slashes funding

Cycle route funding for London boroughs has been slashed in half undermining the Mayor’s plans to more than treble cycling levels in the capital. The London Cycling Campaign, representing the interests of cyclists, says hundreds of planned cycle safety improvements to junctions and local streets are now under threat.

The organisation is calling on the Mayor to reverse the cuts and consult with cycling groups on completing the 500 mile London Cycle Network+ across London. “Slashing the funding for cycle routes means they will be left unfinished. This will undermine the Mayor’s flagship programmes such as the Mass Cycle Hire Scheme because people won’t feel safe on the roads” said Koy Thomson, LCC’s Chief Executive.

The cut in cycle scheme funding comes despite the largest ever transport settlement with the boroughs of more than £168 million pounds. London Cycle Network+ funding for the boroughs is down to £10m from almost £20m in 2008/09. Many of the cycle schemes were part of programmes for general improvements to town centres.

Notes for editors

  • The London Cycle Network+ is a programme of 500 miles of cycle routes across all London boroughs.
  • London Cycle Network+ schemes include the award winning cycle lane and pedestrian crossing on Blackfriars Bridge and cycle lanes across Southwark Bridge
  • London Boroughs put in bids to implement more than 400 large and small schemes in 2009/10.