Funding for building cycle routes in London has been cut in half in a move that hinders Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s plans to radically increase cycling levels in the city, reports the London Cycling Campaign.
The organisation is calling on the mayor to reverse the cuts and consult with cycling groups on completing the 500 mile London Cycle Network across London.
“Slashing the funding for cycle routes means they will be left unfinished,” says Koy Thomson, LCC’s Chief Executive. “This will undermine the mayor’s flagship programmes such as the Mass Cycle Hire Scheme.”
The cut in cycle scheme funding comes despite the largest ever transport settlement with the boroughs of more than £168 million pounds. London Cycle Network funding for the London boroughs is down to £10m from almost £20m in 2008/09. Many of the cycle schemes were part of programmes for general improvements to town centres.