Waltham Forest are Cycling Award Winners

Waltham Forest Council beat off tough competition from other boroughs including Ealing and Lambeth and the Royal Parks Partnership to scoop this prestigious award.

The results were announced at an awards ceremony held at Hilton Park Lane Hotel, London on Wednesday 30 March.

Waltham Forest was declared the winner for its innovative and extensive cycling facilities, which includes a 40-mile network of cycle lanes and quiet routes in the Borough. Other initiatives taken into account were:

  • The Bike Recycling Scheme. A joint project between the Council, London Cycling Camapign and the Local Agenda 21 group. This led to volunteers being trained to repair bikes. In the first year over 100 high quality reconditioned adult and children bikes were given to residents for a small donation of £20.

  • The Bike Shed at Walthamstow Central Station. A Council project, which was the first to introduce revolutionary swipe card technology to the UK, to keep cycles safe and encourage people to pedal to the station, rather than rely on cars.

The Council regards cycling as an important mode of transport and almost all main roads in the borough now have cycle lanes. There is also a substantial network of quiet routes along residential roads and park land. More recently, work has begun with Lee Valley Regional Park Authority to introduce off-road cycle facilities along the River Lee.