Cycling in Outer London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3727
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Harrow Cyclists and Branch Cyclists (local borough branches of the London Cycling Campaign) have approached me about your ambitions for London to be a 'byword for cycling' and promise of a 'mini-Holland' in every borough. However, concerns have been expressed about poor provision for cycling in recently announced road schemes. What plans will you have in your new London Plan and your Transport Strategy to deliver your vision and deliver cycling initiatives in Outer London and improve provision of cycling?    

Answer

Answer for Cycling in Outer London

Answer for Cycling in Outer London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to improving cycling right across London and only projects that bring real benefits will be taken forward.

My draft Transport Strategy sets out my aim to make active travel accessible and appealing to all Londoners. In outer London, cycling has huge untapped potential to replace many shorter car trips and achieving this shift is central to my vision. This will mean improving street environments in outer London to make walking and cycling the best option for these journeys.

To help boroughs accomplish this, Transport for London has recently published the Strategic Cycling Analysis available on its website here https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/cycling. This is a useful, evidence-based tool that boroughs can use to help plan cycling initiatives, including in outer London. It can also be used to support bids for Liveable Neighbourhood funding, which is a new funding programme that will transform town centres and neighbourhoods into more attractive, accessible and people-friendly public spaces that will encourage more walking and cycling.

The new London Plan will also help make cycling an attractive choice in outer London by embedding the Healthy Streets Approach into the design of new developments, including provision of high quality cycle parking, and ensuring new development contributes to the delivery of a London-wide network of cycle routes.