London's Mayor today announced that he was giving the London Borough's £155m for local transport improvements including £1.49m to “support” Cycle Superhighways. The announcement comes hot on the heels of the release of details of the charging regime for his new bike hire scheme.
According to a Transport for London (TfL) statement the funding is designed to improve local town centres and public spaces, create more shared space and simplify streetscapes. It will also increase cycling facilities, support electric vehicles and car clubs and smooth traffic flow.
Examples of where the money will be spent include:
The Mayor also announced an additional £1.49m of funding for the two pilot Cycle Superhighways being delivered next year – which along with his bike hire scheme are Mayor Boris's flagship cycling projects. The money has been allocated to provide the appropriate cycle training, parking and maintenance to address the increase in demand from residents living near the new cycling infrastructure in the eight boroughs through which the new cycle routes pass.
In a statement accompanying the announcement of his local transport spending plans Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said:
“Even in these tough economic times I am committed to providing this funding to all of London’s boroughs. The investment means that across the capital town centres and public spaces are being overhauled, cycling and walking facilities are being improved, and roads are being made safer. We have cut red tape to make it easier for borough councils to choose the local transport projects that benefit their residents the most, simplifying the funding system and working together to give local people the improvements they want.
"This time we're also giving an extra focus to cycling - helping to provide the training, cycle parking, and maintenance knowhow to support the introduction of the first two Cycle Superhighways next year."
Funding for local schemes is allocated each year by Transport for London. According to TfL, the Mayor has simplified the system - reducing the number of funding streams from 23 to five, and introducing fairer funding formulas where needed.
Commenting on the Mayor's initiative, London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy said: “The boroughs have identified a range of small and large scale projects that will make a real difference to local people by improving town centres and public spaces, reducing the number of collisions on our roads, improving the environment and promoting greener forms of travel. Boroughs also have the flexibility to move certain funding between projects if, during the course of the year, they find more or less funding is needed for individual schemes.”
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.