Cycling anyone?

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has set out a packed programme of cycling investment and activities, across the summer

and beyond, to boost the numbers of Londoners travelling by bike. Today he has announced that the first two cycle superhighways will launch on 19 July and revealed new figures confirming there has now been a 117 per cent increase in cycle journeys on London’s major roads in the last decade, up 14 per cent since he was elected.

The Mayor also called on new cyclists to join the thousands of Londoners that have already taken to two wheels to take part in this year’s London Cycle Challenge, which starts on 1 June.  Londoners of all ages can form teams and compete against other groups - which can be made up of families, friends or work colleagues to see who can clock up the most cycling miles next month.

The Cycle Challenge is the first in a calendar of summer cycling events that includes the launch of the Mayor’s London Cycle Hire scheme, the launch of the first two Cycle Superhighways and the return of the Mayor’s Skyride. 2010 is London’s Year of Cycling and today the Mayor released a document that sets out his 10 priorities for the cycle revolution taking place in the capital.

These include:

· Reducing cyclist casualties, in particular collisions between cyclists and HGVs;

· increasing cycle parking on streets, in workplaces, and at stations and schools;

· tackling cycle theft; and

· ensuring cycling becomes an integral part of the way London is planned and run.

Sixteen major organisations across the capital have also agreed to sign up to the Mayor’s ten priorities for cycling in the capital. They include the Freight Transport Association, the Metropolitan Police, NHS London and the London Cycling campaign.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

 “I am determined to transform London into a city that cycles and where hundreds of thousands enjoy the elixir of using two wheels to get around the capital. Our cycling revolution is rapidly gathering pace, but there’s still huge potential to increase the number of journeys that Londoners make by bike and today we’re setting out exactly how we’re going to do that.

“With the launch this summer of the London Cycle Hire scheme, Cycle Superhighways and a fit-to-burst schedule of cycling events, there has never been a better time to give pedal power a punt. I urge everyone to sign up and take part in this June’s London Cycle Challenge.”

£116m will be spent by the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) on cycling this year, which includes funding for the London Cycle Hire scheme, Cycle Superhighways, training, promotion, led rides and education. TfL is also working closely with 13 outer London "biking boroughs" to develop practical plans that will unlock the huge potential for cycling in outer London.

But first off the blocks this summer will be the London Cycle Challenge. New and existing cyclists can visit to sign up for the London Cycle Challenge, order free cycle maps, TfL-funded cycle training, and to find out more about hundreds of free led rides that will take place in the capital this summer.

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s transport advisor, said:

There is huge potential to increase the popularity of cycling in the capital and that is why City Hall, our partner organisations and many others are working incredibly hard on plans that we hope will make London the biggest and best cycling city in the world. It’s an ambitious target, but the wheels are turning, and the cycling revolution is under way.”

David Brown, TfL’s Managing Director of Surface Transport, said:

 “Cycling offers the ultimate cheap, fast and flexible way to get around London while improving your health at the same time.  The Cycle Hire scheme and Cycle Superhighways arrive in the Capital in July, but in the meantime there’s plenty for cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy.”

Source: ©Mayor of London


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