Going Going Bike

Feb 182011

The Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) have announced £4m worth of funding for London’s Biking Boroughs to create cycle hubs and cycling communities in Outer London.

From February 21, the 13 Biking Boroughs will have the opportunity to bid for a share of the £4m funding to spend over a three-year period.

Funding criteria

Funding will be awarded on a bid basis with TfL assessing each submission though the decision as to what combination of cycling improvements the money will pay for will be made by the individual boroughs.

Thirteen boroughs were awarded Biking Borough status in 2010 with each borough local authority receiving £25,000 to develop their Biking Borough strategy.

Creating Cycling Hubs

When signing up last year to the TfL’s Biking Boroughs scheme, the boroughs all pledged to put cycling at the heart of their local transport delivery plans with the aim of creating a local culture of cycling with a focus on creating cycling infrastructure in town centre locations or key areas in the borough where the potential for increasing cycling is greatest.

The 13 Biking Boroughs in the scheme are Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Haringey, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton and Redbridge

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said: “I promised a cycling revolution for the whole of London. This funding will enable our friends in Outer London to develop exciting ways to make cycling bloom in their boroughs making it easier to replace some short car journeys with pedal power.”

  One Response to “Funding made available for London Biking Boroughs”

  1. Whereas I applaud the idea regard implimentation of cycle hubs can someone tell me why Purley Station has introduced so many bike racks that are seldon used to full capcity. These bays do nothing except displace the need for cars to pick up at the station entrance. Car Parking and pick up was already a problem. During the winter months-plus, hardly anyone will use these cycle bays but the need for cars to gain access to the forecourt will intensify. TFL high street improvements are taking away a lot of the parking we had. This exacerbates the growing problem even further. Can some of the cycle hub area, say a third of the existing area given over to bikes be changed to a pick up and drive through area for cars and taxis in order to solve the growing problem?.

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