Richmond borough welcomes £4.5 million cycling boost

Residents of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames are celebrating winning a £4.5m sustainable transport grant, much of which will be spent on cycling projects.

Smarter Travel Richmond, a joint venture between TfL and Richmond council, is a three-year initiative to help change the way people travel in the area.

New cycling facilities and projects:

  • 500 new cycle parking spaces (200 have already been installed to launch the programme)
  • Two new cycle routes
  • New cycling facilities and car club bays
  • Cycle training sessions for new or returning cyclists, families, and in every major school and workplace in the borough
  • Development of travel plans, and the provision of more information on sustainable transport to residents, schools and businesses in the borough.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "This scheme will help make Richmond upon Thames an even greener, healthier place for people to live and work."

Improvement for all the outer boroughs
LCC chief executive Koy Thomson said, "We're glad to measures that target the outer boroughs. We know from research that there's huge, largely untapped, potential for cycling growth in these areas."

"There's great potential to make them cleaner, greener, healthier, happier places to lives and work."

"If only all the other outer London boroughs could benefit from the same kind of VIP treatment as Richmond."

Richmond upon Thames currently has the second highest level of transport-related carbon dioxide emissions in London, and 88 percent of its residents find traffic to be a problem in the borough.

A similar scheme in Sutton created a 50% increase in cycling in one year. See the link below.