£17 million cycle funding announced for London boroughs

Money will go towards initiatives aimed at making cycling safer and easier and getting more people on bikes

by Simon_MacMichael   January 23, 2014  

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson has today announced £17.3 million in funding for improvements in cycling that Transport for London will make available to boroughs throughout the city. Sustrans has welcomed the cash injection, and says that initiatives at local level are a fundamental part of growing levels of cycling.

The money, to be made available over a three-year period, will be spent on a variety of initiatives aimed at making cycling in the capital easier, safer and more accessible to a wider range of people, according to a TfL press release.

Initiatives include providing more cycle parking spaces across the city – 5,000 of them in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea alone – as well as making cycle training available as well as Safer Urban Driving courses for 15,000 drivers.

Mr Johnson said: “As part of my Cycling Vision, we are engaging in a vast £1billion programme of improvements to transform cycling in London.

“Making some of this money available directly to the boroughs will help ensure that cycling developments reach communities across the capital.

“These local schemes will add to the innovative measures we’ve already announced, including enhanced cycling superhighways, urban ‘Quietways’ for more cautious cyclists, and turning some outer boroughs into mini-Hollands.”

Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director for surface transport added: “Getting more people cycling, and more safely, are priorities of both TfL and the Mayor, and the nearly £1 billion commitment to cycling we are investing in the next ten years is testament to this.

“All 32 boroughs and the City of London bid for, and received, funding through our Borough Cycling Programme to create more cycle parking, cycling training and driver training, all of which will help deliver significant cycle safety improvements.”

Both the mayor and TfL came under criticism last week from Green Party London Assembly Member Darren Johnson, who accused them of consistently underspending money budgeted for cycling to the tune of £150 million since 2008.

In response, TfL said that he had got his maths wrong and that some amounts allegedly underspent had been counted twice or even three times, giving an artificially inflated figure.

It added: “The level of expenditure into cycling during the next two years will increase significantly as the major new projects outlined in the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling progress from design to on-street delivery."

German Dector-Vega, London director for the sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, said: “I’m delighted to see further funding to the boroughs to improve cycling at the most local level.

“Borough support for cycling is arguably the most important as it gives local communities specially children and young adults the training, safety awareness and local facilities needed to gain confidence enough to access other routes like the Cycle Superhighways and forthcoming Quietways.

"Boroughs working with Communities are also best placed to deal with some of the more difficult problems in innovative new ways.

“We want all Londoners to have the choice to cycle wherever they want for whatever purpose and as often as they like. This vision starts at the local level so we need everyone to come together to make it a reality soon.”

An example of how an individual borough may use the money allocated comes from Ealing, which will use part of its funding to put lorry drivers through cyclist awareness courses.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, the borough’s cabinet member for environment and transport, commented: “We’re proud of what we’ve achieved in Ealing to make cycling safer, easier and more attractive.

“This funding has enabled us to build on these achievements with initiatives including vital cycle safety training for HGV drivers and cycle training for residents of all ages and abilities.

“It’s also made it possible for us to provide additional and safer cycle parking across the borough. Together we are making cycling more appealing in Ealing.”

The amounts made available to each local authority in London under the Borough Cycling Programme are as follows:

London Borough                Total allocated funding (£)

Barking and Dagenham                    416,230
Barnet                                  717,500
Bexley                                  371,000
Brent                                   468,700
Bromley                                 497,750
Camden                                  346,100
City of London                          294,500
Croydon                                 491,200
Ealing                                  622,607
Enfield                                 607,000
Royal Borough of Greenwich              462,000
Hackney                                 606,000
Hammersmith & Fulham                    296,000
Haringey                                420,450
Harrow                                  568,000
Havering                                596,400
Hillingdon                              326,000
Hounslow                                525,000
Islington                               262,140
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea   629,000
Kingston upon Thames                    515,160
Lambeth                                 712,000
Lewisham                                656,985
Merton                                  387,000
Newham                                  905,000
Redbridge                               680,400
Royal Borough of Richmond Upon Thames   212,000
Southwark                               579,000
Sutton                                  398,640
Tower Hamlets                           695,000
Waltham Forest                          813,100
Wandsworth                              361,700
Westminster                             938,000

TOTAL                                17,377,562

In September last year, TfL announced the eight boroughs that had been shortlisted for ‘Mini Holland’ funding, with key features of their submissions including:

• Bexley – Creating radical new junction solutions for cyclists in key locations and rolling out an extensive segregated and semi-segregated cycling network.
• Ealing – A cycle-friendly redesign of Ealing town centre and a special cycling "quietway" between Ealing and Southall.
• Enfield – Introducing a Dutch style roundabout, with protected cycle lanes, in Edmonton Green, segregated routes along main roads and a "Cycle Superhub" in Enfield town centre.
• Kingston – a New York "High Line" style public space, for pedestrians and cyclists, along the railway line and across the Thames, a new network of routes, a cycle boardwalk on the banks of the river and cars removed from part of central Kingston.
• Merton – Redesigning Wimbledon town centre on Dutch principles and building a cycle hub at the Centre Court shopping centre.
• Newham – A complete redesign of Stratford town centre, removing the gyratory; new off-road Superhighway routes.
• Richmond – New cycleways on unused land alongside railway lines.
• Waltham Forest – A new cycle superhighway on Lea Bridge Road and a Dutch-style roundabout at Whipps Cross.

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is this new money or just old money that had been announced for use last year but not spent?

posted by Paul_C [115 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 7:01

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It'd be nice if the bourughs were also able to use some of that cash for cycle racing. My club is struggling for funding and the council has been useless. We do an important job of keeping local youths busy and in sport, getting them away from gangs in many instances. The council does not seem to take any notice.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1944 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 9:18

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It angers me that they are giving money to councils who'll just cock up its spending, look at Kingston's town centre improvements where they made segregated cycle infrastructure a shared use pavement and 'forgot' about dropped kerbs, or Mertons latest traffic calming that forces cyclists into the paths of cars or through dedicate gaps littered with debrie and man hole covers. Scares me sh*tless that Kingston wants a 'high line' when theuy can't even provide a safe, well maintained, none crater filled route from Richmond Park to the town centre.

posted by georgee [119 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 10:11

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Two things, firstly, how much of this money will be spent, after all we have heard claims of Boris of big spending on cycling infrastructure before, but the books didn't balance.
Secondly, I wish the city I lived in would actually do something like this.

posted by Wolfshade [58 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 10:28

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Paul_C wrote:
is this new money or just old money that had been announced for use last year but not spent?

Expect more useless shared paths, nothing meaningful.

posted by northstar [937 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 11:40

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More money announced but we all know what will get people riding, not pie in the sky ideas.

And I'm not sure why Kingston deserves any since they seem to have declared war on cycling by removing contraflow cycling for no reason at all - this is also where that driving "incident" happened.

posted by northstar [937 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 11:47

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I wonder if this was announcement was a knee-jerk reaction to Chris Boardmans http://road.cc/content/news/108723-chris-boardman-slams-government-apath... statements reported yesterday, or am I just being a bit of a grumpy old cynic.

After two potential fatalities in a week can all 17m be spend on making each taxi driver cycle from one side of London to the other on a dark rainy evening please as part of the knowledge.

posted by rore [5 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 11:47

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Don't the LCC have local campaigners that can put pressure on councils to direct money in the correct way?

Maybe its worth joining them...
http://lcc.org.uk/pages/in-your-area

posted by ribena [118 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 11:48

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Useless! Councils are notorious at losing money through the 'trickle down factor', committees, consultations all contributing to virtually no money at the sharp end, the cycle facilities. A single authority overseeing cycling initiatives for the whole of London would make more sense, joined up facilities, joined up thinking!

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posted by antonio [899 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 12:09

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antonio wrote:
Useless! Councils are notorious at losing money through the 'trickle down factor', committees, consultations all contributing to virtually no money at the sharp end, the cycle facilities. A single authority overseeing cycling initiatives for the whole of London would make more sense, joined up facilities, joined up thinking!

It would also provide a single point for accountability, which is why it'll never bloody happen....

posted by VeloPeo [182 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 12:42

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Ok fair enough some of the comments are cynical for various reasons as to what difference this will make.

I can't help thinking that you'd be less impressed if they gave cycling nothing.

Damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand.

posted by oozaveared [364 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 14:45

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How much of this money will just be used to "put the kiddies in the play-pen"?

After x amount of money has been spent on meetings, ways-and-means committees, surveys, out reach groups, etc. will the amount of money left over be enough to fill the paint bucket?

I know I'm probably being over-cynical but experience tells me not to expect too much.

How about this; Why don't we spend the money on the infrastructure that is already there? Lets sweep the cycle paths. Lets look hard at what works and see if we can improve it. Lets see what doesn't work and prune it. Lets join up the infrastructure so it flows.

Trust me it's not hard, but it requires something that councils tend to lack - COMMON SENSE!

The other worry is that if the money is given to individual councils will cycling provision just become more fragmented.

Lets keep everything crossed.

posted by levermonkey [176 posts]
23rd January 2014 - 19:14

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