It's official: Boris wants to more than treble cycling in London

New mayor Boris Johnson

London Cycling Campaign welcomes London Mayor Boris Johnson’s formal declaration of his determination to boost cycling in London more than threefold, giving it a share of all journeys that is above 5% - more than 1.7 million journeys per day. 

Responding to LCC members’ magazine London Cyclist and BikeRadar, Johnson said:

“I fully intend to ensure that the cycling share of London journeys is massively increased in the coming years. TfL is working towards a target of 5% by 2025, but I will be working with TfL and the boroughs on new ideas that might enable us to be more ambitious. I've already asked TfL to develop plans for a bicycle hire scheme for London, along the lines of the hugely popular Velib scheme in Paris, to make cycling accessible to everyone.  We'll work to make cycling safer and more convenient, and we'll work with the boroughs to make cycling a priority. £2 million will also be made available for more secure parking facilities such as the Finsbury Park cycle park."

LCC’s Chief Executive, Koy Thomson, said: ‘It is great to see that Boris is now formally aiming to beat the target of increasing cycling beyond  5% of journeys. This will require a rejuvenation of London’s cycling programme and we are pressing for the Mayor to introduce a range of new policies to achieve his aim.”

“Surveys show that one in five people want to cycle – what the Mayor has to do is remove the barriers to cycling and everyone will benefit because of improved health as well as reduced pollution and congestion.”

Studies show that improving conditions for cycle use and boosting cycling numbers is the cheapest way of making London’s transport and road system cope with a growing population. Without a trebling of cycle trips by 2025 the capital will simply grind to a halt as 800,000 more people and 400,000 more cars crowd onto the roads, buses and tubes.

Cycling in London has soared in the past five years by more than 80%. Overall modal share across Greater London remains low at less than 2% of all journeys (including car, tube, rail, taxi, bus and walking) but it is much higher in some parts of London. In the morning peak in Central London the ratio of bikes to private cars is now 1 to 3. In Hackney cycling’s modal share is estimated at more than 10% of journeys. Cycling‘s highest modal share in the UK is in Cambridge with 28% followed by York 19% and Oxford 17%.