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Protected cycling infrastructure doubles in London, the Mayor has said

Protected cycling infrastructure doubles in London

The amount of protected cycling infrastructure in London has doubled over the last three years.

Before Sadiq Khan became Mayor of London, there were 53km of protected cycling infrastructure in place; in the time since he took up the role, that number has more than doubled to 116km of lanes either complete or under construction.

The Mayor announced this ‘major delivery’ milestone during a keynote speech to the London Walking & Cycling conference at the Guildhall.

The likes of Enfield, Hackney, Camden, and Waltham Forest councils have worked studiously to put in place cycling infrastructure that protects Londoners from traffic, as has the City of London Corporation.

Funding for the likes of greater cycle lanes was set out in the Healthy Streets campaign launched by Transport for London (TfL).

Financial pressures are well known, but despite this, the latest business plan saw funding rise from £2.2 billion to in excess of £2.3 billion.

Protected cycling infrastructure is also a critical element of the capital’s Vision Zero commitment, which aims to eradicate deaths and serious injuries as a result of collisions on London’s streets by 2041, as set out in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

Building segregated routes for cyclists and pedestrians will go some way to protecting these vulnerable road users.

And Sadiq Khan has challenged councils to deliver more of this type of infrastructure, which will also improve air quality.

He said: “I said before the election that I wanted to increase the pace of change building new cycling infrastructure.

“I’m delighted that in just three years we have achieved more than the last Mayor did in eight years, already doubling the amount of protected cycling routes on streets of London.

“I want to now deliver even more high quality cycling and walking infrastructure across all parts of the capital, but even with record investment from TfL, we can’t achieve that on our own.

“Boroughs across London must recognise the huge benefits of getting more people out of their cars and cycling as part of their everyday routine – getting more people active, improving their health and reducing the air pollution on our streets which causes so much harm.”

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