Kingston, Enfield and Waltham Forest to Become "Mini-Holland" Cycling Havens

By Gerald Lynch on at

Amsterdam, without the canals, windmills, joints and hookers. That's (sort of) Boris Johnson's £100 million vision for London's suburbs, as the Mayor looks to make the outlying areas of the capital more cyclist-friendly.

The boroughs of Kingston, Waltham Forest and Enfield have each been given around £30 million in funding to transform them into cycling destinations, marking the first anniversary of the Mayor's £913 million Cycle Vision scheme.

Looking to ensure that money reaches areas outside of the city (half of all potential bike journeys in London occur in suburban areas), new cycling routes, bike-friendly plazas, cycling super highways and more will be introduced to the three boroughs. Bexley, Ealing, Merton, Richmond and Newham will also receive smaller amounts to regenerate their cycling infrastructure.

"Areas once terra incognita for the bicycle will, over time, become every bit as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents," said Johnson. "Places that suburbs and towns all over Britain will want to copy." [Standard]

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