Green Party London Assembly member Darren Johnson has questioned headline figures from Transport for London (TfL) regarding the level of spend on cycling in the capital in recent years. In a blog published on road.cc, he has also expressed concerns that the £913 million promised over the next decade will be spread too thinly. Since that blog was published, Johnson has had the opportunity to quiz TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy on those figures, and video of their exchange appears below.
In his analysis of the figures from TfL, Johnson says that amounts contained in those headline figures include unspent sums carried over from year to year – in other words, money announced as being put aside for cycling isn’t actually being spent.
He also believes that sum of getting on for a £1 billion is a deliberate underestimation of the amount that would be needed to fully implement Mayor Boris Johnson’s Vision for Cycling due, he says, to “the expectation that much of it won’t happen.”
You can read his blog here and in the meantime here is video of the exchange between Johnson and Sir Peter this afternoon, with the TfL Commissioner outlining steps the body is taking to ensure that boroughs are brought on board in realising the mayor's Vision for Cycling, among other issues.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.