£75 million for cycling in London

Glorious five-year plan sees major investment in green transport

Millions of pounds in cycling improvements have been announced for London.

The funding is part of a £792 million five-year package unveiled by Transport for London. Some £161 million will be spent in the next financial year alone, including almost £20 million - as part of a wider, approximately £75 million cycling package - for the London Cycle Network+, which will provide 900km of safer, faster cycle routes through the capital. It's due to be finished by 2010 and is one of TfL's major investments.

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: "This new £161 million investment in local transport schemes will make the daily journeys of people in inner and outer London, safer, greener and more accessible, whether they are travelling on public transport, by car, on foot or by bicycle.

"Thanks to extra investment in local transport schemes, cycling has increased by 83 per cent since 2000 and more than 1600 school travel plans have been approved which encourage and enable more children and their parents to walk to school."

Mr Livingstone recently ordered a study into the possibility of a widespread bike rental scheme in the capital, potentially modeled on the hugely successful Velib scheme in Paris.

There was no mention of this project in the funding breakdown, but spending over the next year which should benefit cyclists includes:

Local safety schemes: £20,896,000
20 mph zones: £8,055,000
Education, training and publicity: £1,102,000
Cycling: £4,682,000
London Cycle Network+: £19,700,000
School Travel Plans: £9,178,000
Work Travel Plans: £1,296,000

London's Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: "The investment will fund both large and small projects that will improve bus journeys and access to public transport, reduce congestion, improve the environment and promote a healthier lifestyle.

"This funding is an important part of our wider programme of spending in the boroughs to make improvements to local transport."

Among the highlights of the deal is £742,000 towards cycle training across south-east London, including more than £100,000 in each borough for Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark residents.

TfL's funding for cycle-friendly schemes in London

Barnet

Safer roads: £544,000 to resurface the A5 Burnt Oak Broadway to improve the safety for cyclists and drivers
Cycle training: £52,000 for cycle training
London Cycle Network+: £60,000

Barking and Dagenham

Safer roads: £355,000 for new 20mph zones, £1 million to improve accessibility, safety and security for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users in Dagenham Heathway
London Cycle Network+: £100,000
Campaigns: £13,000 to promote campaigns that encourage greener travel, including Bike Week

Southwark

Safer roads: £800,000 for new 20 mph zones in Borough & Bankside and Camberwell East, £40,000 for the Charter School to improve signs and crossings and the provision of a safe cycle route to Greendale
London Cycle Network+: £800,000

Westminster

London Cycle Network+: £885,000

Waltham Forest

Safer roads: £1,475,000 for local transport safety schemes, £370,000 to install traffic signals on the Whipps Cross Roundabout to improve safety, especially for pedestrians and cyclists
London Cycle Network+: £452,000

Sutton

Safer roads: £380,000 for 20mph zones
London Cycle Network+: £332,000
Research: £100,000 for a study to reduce accidents

Wandsworth

Safer roads: £65,000 to make improvements to crossings for cyclists
London Cycle Network+: £662,000

Tower Hamlets

Safer roads: £250,000 for safety improvements to the Hackney Road junction with Cambridge Heath Road to reduce accidents
London Cycle Network+: £595,000
Research: £30,000 for a study and design to provide cycle crossing of Cambridge Heath Road

Bexley

Safer roads: £90,000 for 20mph zones, £100,000 to improve the public space adjacent to Bronze Age Way highway, including cycle lanes
London Cycle Network+: £345,000

Harrow

Safer roads: £360,000 for three schemes to set up 20 mph zones around schools
London Cycle Network+: £665,000

Haringey

Safer roads: £1 million to make Tottenham High Road (A1010) safer for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users
London Cycle Network+: £802,000

Kingston

Safer roads: £520,000 to make Tolworth Broadway safer and more accessible with more crossings for pedestrians, better footpaths, new street lighting, signs and cycle lanes
London Cycle Network+: £585,000
Campaigns: £50,000 to promote campaigns that encourage greener travel, including Bike Week

Hounslow

Safer roads: £300,000 for a footbridge to allow pedestrians or cyclists to cross the railway line at Bedfont Road, £200,000 for measures to improve bus services and conditions for cyclists, including the installation of a bus lane in Chiswick Town Centre
Cycle training: £30,000 to continue the 'Cycle Future' pilot project which encourages cycling to school particularly among secondary school pupils
London Cycle Network+: £725,000

Kensington and Chelsea

London Cycle Network+: £108,000

Hillingdon

Safer roads: £455,000 for road safety improvements across Hillingdon including the Joel Street and Tolcarne Drive junctions, £150,000 for 20mph zones
London Cycle Network+: £886,000

Bromley

Safer roads: £395,000 for 20mph zones
London Cycle Network+: £581,000

Islington

Safer roads: £824,000 for 20mph zones, £150,000 for a road safety scheme to reduce collisions on Highgate Hill from Tollhouse Way to Hornsey Lane
London Cycle Network+: £910,000

Hammersmith and Fulham

Safer roads: £200,000 for 20mph zones
London Cycle Network+: £725,000
Campaigns: £30,000 to promote campaigns that encourage greener travel, including Bike Week

Greenwich

Safer roads: £250,000 for 20mph zones
London Cycle Network+: £500,000

Ealing

Safer roads: £630,000 for 20mph zones, £50,000 for cycle exemptions that will allow cycles to make manoeuvres at junctions that are currently prohibited
Cycle training: £100,000 for school cycle training
London Cycle Network+: £640,000

Lewisham

Safer roads: £40,000 for cycle lanes in locations such as Brockley Rise and Whitburn Road, £20,000 for on-street cycle parking across the borough
Cycle training: £80,000 for cycle training for local residents.
London Cycle Network+: £578,000
Campaigns: £40,000 to promote campaigns that encourage greener travel, including: Bike Week

Merton

Safer roads: £280,000 for new 20mph zones
London Cycle Network+: £613,000

Redbridge

London Cycle Network+: £467,000

Enfield

Safer roads: £32,000 to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to use the Hertford Road junction with Bounces Road and Croyland Road
London Cycle Network+: £230,000

Camden

Safer roads: £108,000 for 20 mph zones, £200,000 to upgrade the area in Agar Place to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists
London Cycle Network+: £682,000
Campaigns: £43,000 to promote campaigns that encourage greener travel, including Bike Week

Brent

Safer roads: £475,000 for 20mph zones
Cycle training: £130,000 for cycle training for local residents
London Cycle Network+: £463,000

Richmond

Safer roads: £490,000 for four schemes to introduce 20 mph zones in Barnes North and other areas, £250,000 to fund the construction of a new cycle path in Richmond Park.
London Cycle Network+: £725,000

Croydon

London Cycle Network+: £515,000

Lambeth

Cycle training: £188,000 for cycle training for local residents. Training will be for adults and children including Bike Ability in 63 schools, one to one Cycle Confidence Training for 500 individuals and Family Riding Courses
London Cycle Network+: £858,000

Newham

Safer roads: £175,000 to improve Mitchell Walk serving the Mid-Beckton residential area. Work will include ramped access, a suitable walking and cycling surface, gates designed to prevent car and motorcycle access, enhanced lighting levels, and seating. It is hoped that this will encourage more walking and cycling
School facilities: £10,000 to make improvements to lighting and safety for Altmore Infant school and to match fund a capital grant for cycle storage
London Cycle Network+: £300,000

Havering

London Cycle Network+: £445,000

The City of London

London Cycle Network+: £795,000
Campaigns: £20,000 to promote campaigns that encourage greener travel, including Bike Week

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