The Mayor of London has announced the most ambitious programme to transform
walking and cycling in London’s history. The package of measures will
create a new network of quick, simple and safe routes for cyclists and pedestrians, which will change the profile and priority of walking and cycling on London’s
With the introduction of a central London bike hire scheme with 6,000 bikes
available every 300 metres, cycling will be accessible to many more Londoners
and will become a fully-funded part of the public transport network for the
first time. There will also be new commuter cycle routes from inner and outer
London and cycle zones around urban town centres.
These radical measures, which will ensure the needs of cyclists and pedestrians
are given a higher priority on the Capital’s streets, will make a significant
contribution to tackling climate change, aiming to have one in 10 round trips
in London each day made by bike, and saving some 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 (equivalent
to driving round the M25 55 million times) per year as Londoners increasingly
choose to walk or cycle for short trips instead of taking their car.
The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said:
"The aim of this programme is nothing short of a cycling and walking transformation
in London. We will spend something like £500 million over the next decade
on cycling – the biggest investment in cycling in London’s history, which will
mean that thousands more Londoners can cycle in confidence, on routes that take
them quickly and safely to where they want to go.
“The cycle hire scheme in Paris has proved a huge success, and I have
now instructed Transport for London to work with the London boroughs and interested
parties to develop and implement a bike hire scheme in central London, accessible
to all Londoners. By ensuring that Londoners have easy access to bikes in the
centre of the capital, as well as making our city a safer and more enjoyable
place to cycle, we will build upon London’s leading position as the only
major world city to have achieved a switch from private car use to public transport,
cycling and walking.
"Over 50 per cent of tube journeys in central london are quicker on foot.
The new Legible London signage system will help people use their feet to get
around and see more of London at the same time.
"The expansion of cycling and walking will help reduce our impact on climate
change and reduce traffic congestion. Around 20% of the carbon emissions savings
we’ve calculated we can make from transport by 2025 will come from changing
the way we travel. We know Londoners want the opportunity to walk and cycle
more. One in two people say that they want to walk for short journeys where
they currently use their car. Forty per cent of Londoners have access to a bike,
but currently only one in eight use it regularly".
The five new programmes are:
· A Central London bike hire scheme, similar to the recently
launched Paris scheme, with up to 6,000 bikes located across docking stations
every 300m so Londoners and visitors have quick and easy access to a bike. This
will be supported by a series of easily navigable routes so that people can
enjoy London’s sights by bike.
· Around a dozen radial Cycling Corridors for commuters to provide high-profile,
easy to follow cycling streams into central London.
· The creation of a series of Bike Zones for shoppers and the school
run in inner and outer London, with cycle priority streets, 20mph speed limits
and quick, clear and simple routes that link key local destinations and open
parks and waterways for cyclists.
· The expansion of the Legible London signage system to help people
make short trips around the capital on foot, rather than driving, or taking
the bus and tube.
· Working with the London boroughs on the establishment of 200 Streets
of Gold – urban makeovers which link key local destinations like stations,
schools and shops in inner and outer London with high quality walking facilities,
delivering improved pavements, seating and crossings alongside regeneration
TfL will be consulting with the London boroughs and walking, cycling and health
stakeholders to define and develop the detailed plans for these initiatives.
The new programmes are in addition to existing commitments, which will continue
the investment in projects including cycle training, cycle parking, the greenway
programme, and the London Cycle network Plus, as well as funding for a bigger
and better London Freewheel, the summer mass bike ride for cyclists of all abilities,
for at least 60,000 participants this year.
Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly, said:
"These plans for promoting cycling and walking are more ambitious than
anything which has been tried before in this country, but they are exactly what
we need to persuade large numbers of Londoners out of their cars. Both the bike
hire scheme, and the setting up of the Legible London system, are big new initiatives
which build on the existing projects and complement other proposals, such as
20mph default limits and getting rid of big one-way systems. A year ago, I asked
Transport for London to come up with a plan that would transform the experience
of cycling, walking and everyday living in London. That is what they have delivered"
David Brown, Managing Director, Surface Transport, TfL, said:
“With London’s population set to grow and the need to promote sustainable
transport we must do all we can to make cycling and walking a viable transport
choice for Londoners and visitors.”
“Recent record levels of investment and measures like the Congestion
Charge and bus/cycle lanes have already changed the way we get around in London.
The London Cycle Network Plus, 40,000 new cycle parking spaces and the Legible
London pilot have been great steps forward in improving facilities for cyclists
and pedestrians. We need to accelerate progress to ensure we make it much easier
and much safer to choose to walk and cycle and to further reduce dependency
on the car.”
The programme’s aim is that by 2025 five per cent of all daily trips be made
by bike – 1.7 million in total, and that 22 per cent be made on foot. TfL will
also be increasing and improving cycle parking provision at Overground, London
Underground and DLR stations, and working with train operating companies to
increase cycle parking at mainline rail stations so that Londoners will be able
to switch easily between cycling and public transport.
The CTC respond- London¹s cycling revolution
CTC, the national cyclists’ organisation, today welcomed the announcement
by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, of a major new cycling strategy and
investment in cycling.
Roger Geffen said, ‘Aiming to get people to cycle for
ten percent of round trips is a fantastically ambitious proposal from the Mayor
and will revolutionise life in the Capital. With so many free bikes to hire,
and major cycle-ways to get you in to town and back quickly and safely, it¹s
a wonder that anyone wouldn¹t want to cycle.’
‘³If the Mayor achieves this, then the only thing left to crack is the
minority of inconsiderate and aggressive drivers who still think the road is
for them alone,’ he added.