Cycling budget

Meeting: 
MQT on 2004-01-28
Session date: 
January 28, 2004
Reference: 
2004/0040
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As a Mayor who likes to consider himself as a friend of the cyclist and pedestrian, can you explain why the cycling and walking budgets are being held back at around £17m in the coming year and good local projects are not being continued? Do you think that you are giving any sort of priority to human scale schemes, given that next year you intend to spend: £15.6m constructing a new by-pass in Coulsdon; £9.1m on contracted improvements to the A13; £3.9m preparation costs for the Thames Gateway motorway Bridge; £3m preparation costs for widening North Circular, Bounds Green; £2.4m preparation costs for widening North Circular, Regents Park; £0.8m preparation costs for widening North Circular, Golders Green; £10.8m replacing one road bridge at Hanger Lane; £12.9m replacing one road bridge at A40 Western Avenue; £2.2m refurbishment of the Blackwall Tunnel; £1m refurbishment of the Rotherhithe Tunnel and £6.2m Strengthening Westminster bridge?

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Answer

Answer for Cycling budget

Answer for Cycling budget

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to making London a safer, more convenient and attractive place for cycling and walking. The specific allocation of £17.1m for cycling and walking schemes will allow a variety of measures (such as safer crossings, LCN+, cycle parking and other engineering and promotional measures) to be progressed by TfL and the London Boroughs which will greatly benefit these users. In addition, it is important to recognise that cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from many of the other programmes of work which you mention, such as the Coulsdon project which will allow considerable improvements for cyclists and pedestrians to take place within the town centre, as well providing specific measures along the new route. There are also a range of complementary programmes within TfL's business plan which will further improve conditions for these users, such as 20mph zones, safer routes to school, travel awareness and area based schemes. .