The London Assembly last week called for the Mayor to spend at least two per cent of his transport budget on improving cycle safety and encouraging more Londoners to take up cycling.
Assembly Members backed a motion urging the Mayor to spend at least £145 million out of Transport for London’s £3,560 million capital budget on cycle projects. The Assembly’s Transport Committee recently published a report calling for an increase in proportion of the transport budget devoted to cycling.
The motion was agreed after the Assembly’s annual budget meeting on Friday where Assembly Members agreed a separate amendment to the Mayor’s draft 2013/14 budget.
Jenny Jones AM, who proposed the motion said:
“Getting people out of their cars and on to bikes and public transport has a huge health and environmental benefit. It’s also good for the economy, with every pound invested in cycling producing a benefit of 9 pounds for the community.
“By 2016 Edinburgh City Council is going to spend nine per cent of its transport budget on cycling, but we are being told our Mayor can’t even manage two per cent. London can and must do better”
Caroline Pidgeon AM, who seconded the motion said:
“Last year our Transport Committee called for TfL to spend more on making our roads safer for cyclists and encouraging more Londoners to join them. Across London only two per cent of journeys are currently made by bike, yet 20% say they would like to cycle more.
“A boost to spending could really make a difference, especially in outer London where there is the potential to increase cycling for many shorter journeys. At the moment Hull, Bristol and Copenhagen are leading the way. It’s time London stepped up a gear.”
The full text of the motion agreed at today’s meeting reads as follows:
“This Assembly notes that the Mayor’s proposed capital budget for TfL for 2013-14 is £3,560 million, an increase of 17% on the previous year.
This Assembly reaffirms its recommendation, made in its report ‘Gearing Up’, that the Mayor should allocate at least £145m to cycling in 2013-14 (which is equivalent to 2 per cent of TfL’s 2012-13 budget), and calls on the Mayor of London to implement this recommendation in his final budget.”
Notes for editors:
- The motion was agreed with 15 votes in favour, at a meeting of the full Assembly today. Watch the webcast.
- 21 November 2012: Gear Up
- Find out more about the amendment to the Mayor’s draft 2013/14 budget
- As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.