London cycling crosses the half million
LCC welcomes the growth in cycling to more than half a million cycle journeys made in London every day and Mayoral commitment to support this with an increase in investment for cycling.
Transport for London (TfL) this week released figures which show an increase of 91% in the number of people cycling on London's major roads since 2000. TfL have announced that to support this growth they will invest £55 million in cycling this year, including money for cycle parking facilities, education, events and cycle promotion.
Koy Thomson, Chief Executive of London Cycling Campaign, said:
“LCC is delighted that Boris has not only committed to exceed the previous Mayor’s target for cycling growth but is maintaining the commitment to increased investment. We hope that this level of investment grows year by year for the next four years.”
Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, said:
“Despite one of the wettest summers on record, Londoners’ passion for cycling continues to grow. A 91 per cent growth in cycling levels in just eight years is a great achievement, but we are working to build on this steady growth and improve conditions for cyclists still further.
“The Mayor has made cycling a top transport priority, and this year we are investing a further £55 million in cycling. As we continue to invest in new cycle lanes, improved parking facilities and bike training for people of all ages, I am confident that we will see the number of people cycling in the Capital continue to rise.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:
“I'm delighted that a growing number of people - like me - are choosing to cycle around London, and great strides have been made. But the overall number is still too low, which suggest that many Londoners need further encouragement to take it up. Alongside TfL, the boroughs, and business, I am exploring a range of options to make cycling safer, more practical and more attractive.”