London Assembly members vote for Mayor to increase cycling budget for 2013-14

A majority of London Assembly members have voted for Mayor Boris Johnson to increase the amount earmarked for cycling in next year’s (2013-14) GLA budget.

The current provision for cycling in the Mayor’s budget is £104m in 2013-14, which is substantially less than the £145m called for by the London Assembly in its all-party Gearing Up report into cycling published in 2012.

The figure of £145m (2% of the TfL 2012-13 budget) arises from the Assembly calling for Transport for London cycling expenditure to match the proportion of journeys in London made by bicycle – currently 2% of all journeys.

London Cycling Campaign is calling on the Mayor to heed the Assembly’s call.

Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said: “Following LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign the Mayor promised Londoner’s world class provision for cycling.

"The very least he must do to make good this promise is to ensure investment in cycling at least matches – if not exceeds – the share of journeys currently made by bike in the capital”.

The Mayor gave his support to LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign – supported by over 40,000 Londoners – during last year’s mayoral election campaign.

He promised to make London’s streets as safe and inviting for cycling as Holland, and in particular to (within this current term of office):

  1. Create three flagship site development schemes to showcase the best international practice to support cycling and walking.
  2. Ensure all major developments on the roads under his control adopt Dutch-style measures to promote cycling.
  3. Complete the Cycle Superhighways programme to the highest international standards.

All Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green assembly members voted in favour of the budget amendment.

Speaking for the Conservative Group, which abstained on the motion, Gareth Bacon AM said that they were “not against this [amendment] in principle”, and wanted to see details on how the increase could be achieved before it is put to a final vote at the end of this month.