Opportunity to boost cyclist safety with London's Biking Borough money

photo The new money for cycling is only around £100k per borough per year, but could fund lorry driver cycle training

Biking Boroughs bidding for £4 million extra funding are being encouraged by Transport for London to spend money on cycle-awareness training for council lorry drivers.

LCC has led calls to expand the training as part of its five-point No More Lethal Lorries campaign (please sign the petition) to reduce the danger to cyclists from lorries in London.

Transport for London last week announced the extra £4 million over three years, which the 13 outer London 'Biking Boroughs' will bid for.

Cycle-awareness training for lorry drivers was highlighted by Transport for London as one of the projects that's eligible for the funding.

Collisions with HGVs account for over half the cyclist fatalities in Greater London.

LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, “We welcome the new funding and would like to see all eligible boroughs use part of it to provide cyclist-awareness training for all their lorry drivers.

"However, if the Mayor wants to see outer London boroughs match the cycling growth in central London, he needs to allocate much more ring-fenced funding for this purpose.”

Transport for London estimates two-thirds of the potential growth in cycling can come from outer London boroughs, most of which have very low current levels of cycling (some below 1% of journeys).

LCC wants the Biking Boroughs to boost extra funding they secure from Transport for London with significant additional money from their own transport budgets.

More than half of London residents in outer boroughs say they would consider cycling more, but local councils have to invest in cycle-friendly routes, cycle parking and cycle training to enable them to do so.

Decades of investment in car-oriented road design in Outer London has left these parts of London with numerous barriers to cycling, such as high-speed roads without any provision for cyclists or walkers.

Concerted action by Transport for London and borough councils is needed to reverse this trend.

The 13 eligible boroughs have until the end of March to bid for the funding.