Routes under threat as mayor slashes funding

Cycle route funding for London boroughs has been slashed in half undermining the mayor’s plans to more than treble cycling levels in the capital.

The London Cycling Campaign, representing the interests of thousands of cyclists, says hundreds of planned cycle safety improvements to junctions and local streets are now under threat.

LCC is calling on the Mayor to reverse the cuts and consult with cycling groups on completing the 500-mile London Cycle Network+ across London.

“Slashing the funding for cycle routes means they'll be left unfinished, undermining the mayor’s flagship programmes such as the mass cycle-hire scheme because people won’t feel safe on the roads,” said Koy Thomson, LCC’s chief executive.

The cut in cycle scheme funding comes despite the largest ever transport settlement with the boroughs of more than £168 million pounds.

London Cycle Network+ funding for the boroughs is down to £10m from almost £20m in 2008/09. Many of the cycle schemes planned are part of general improvements to town centres.