London Finds £770m to Spend on Becoming More Bike Friendly

By Gary Cutlack on at

London's mayor Sadiq Khan is going all-out to continue the capital's transformation into a bike-friendly commuter heaven for carbon-front-forked racers, with a staggering £770m put aside to speed the city's move to bicycles over the next five years.

That's a kitty of £154m per year to be spent on bike infrastructure, which the mayor's office says is nearly twice the annual amount invested into such schemes under the former dangling scary clown mayor. The announcement says this puts London "on a par with Denmark and the Netherlands" in terms of the per-head spend on cycling support, with the money being promised as part of a larger commitment to try to raise the air quality across the city.

A chunk of the money has been earmarked for the creation of two new cycle superhighways, with the CS4 and CS9 routes -- from Tower Bridge to Greenwich and Olympia to Hounslow -- set to be consulted upon next year.

Khan said of the renewed push: "I said in my manifesto that I’d be the most pro-cycling Mayor London has ever had. Today I’m delighted to confirm that TfL will be spending twice as much on cycling over the next five years compared to the previous Mayor. Making cycling safe and easier can provide huge benefits for us all – improving our health, cleaning up our toxic air, and helping tackle congestion." [Mayor via Guardian]

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