London is once again leading the way with reducing air pollution thanks to funding for programmes to encourage walking and cycling.
Transport for London (TfL) has announced that in excess of half a million pounds is available in grants for community and not-for-profit groups to encourage people to walk and cycle.
It falls into the authority’s Transport Strategy of trying to get more people out of cars and vans; however, in order to facilitate the increase in walking and cycling, TfL is putting provisions in place, with several new Cycleways set to appear on the streets of the capital.
These initiatives not only reduce air pollution, but they also make significant health and safety improvements, as people are leading more active lifestyles, but as part of the Vision Zero approach, the segregated walking and cycling areas provide an extra element of safety.
Will Norman is London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner. He said: “I’m delighted that walking projects can now also benefit from our expanded grants, and I’m proud that we’ve doubled the funding available.
“By showing Londoners that walking and cycling are convenient, easy and fun ways to get around, we can improve their health and quality of life, as well as reducing toxic air pollution – improving our city for everyone.”
The Walking and Cycling Grants London programme has expanded – previously, it didn’t include walking, but now it does.
Funding has doubled and the number of grants have done the same, with 60 set to be handed out; it means more Londoners will be able to benefit from the success of the scheme, with TfL hoping to award funding to at least one project in each London borough.
Miranda Leedham, Head of Customer Marketing and Behaviour Change at TfL, added: “We’re pleased to be expanding this programme, which is targeting the barriers that can put people off getting active.”