Promoting Cycling

Meeting: 
MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0292
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can the Mayor outline what plans he has to promote cycling as an alternative to cars and powered two wheelers when congestion charging is introduced next year?

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Answer

Answer for Promoting Cycling

Answer for Promoting Cycling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I established a Cycling Centre of Excellence at Transport for London Street Management to develop a Cycle Action Plan to promote cycling in partnership with the boroughs, and other organisations. In April 2002, I launched the London Cycle Guides. These maps, 19 in all, show the best routes for cycling all over London. They are widely available and free. Other cycling promotions which are planned include `Bike Week'- which this year highlights the opportunities for cycling to work - `cycling for health', and cycling as an active alternative to sitting in a car or on a motorcycle. In addition improved facilities will be widely publicised.Work has also begun on introducing a network of high quality commuter routes, and appropriate cycle facilities at key junctions. Within this programme, branded LCN+, Londoners can expect much better provision for cyclists on the Thames Bridges, the Embankment and clear routes to town centres. There will be better cycle parking facilities on street, at the work place and at stations. Plans are underway to open a new Cycle Centre at Waterloo station, and similarly high profile, quality facilities at four suburban stations. These facilities will give rail commuters the chance to use a bike at both ends of the journey. There are also plans to introduce a broad range of schemes that build upon the success of local initiatives to give confidence to newcomers to cycling in London.The reduction in traffic in central London which we expect from the Congestion Charge Scheme would of course enable us to consider even more facilities for specific users, including cyclists. We also intend to "market" cycling and walking as alternatives to motoring as part of the Congestion Charging public information campaign. .