Today, outgoing London mayor Boris Johnson has published his three-year update on his vision for cycling in the capital.
Throughout the process, Mr Johnson’s ambitious plans have been met with resistance from some quarters, however London has now started on the journey to be a genuine ‘cycling city’. Amongst others, London has seen the following recent changes:
- Across London as a whole, cycling on Transport for London-managed main roads rose by 63% in the first six years of the mayor’s term in office
- In 2014, there were two cars for every bike travelling into central London during the mornings, compared to eleven cars for every bike in 2011. If these trends continue at the same rate, there will be more people cycling than driving into central London in three years
- According to the latest available data (from 2014) there were 645,000 cycle journeys a day across London as a whole
- The number of cyclists using Vauxhall Bridge since Cycle Superhighway 5 was completed has risen by 73 per cent
Reacting to the update, British Cycling campaign manager, Martin Key, said:
“Boris Johnson’s accomplishments on cycling during his tenure as mayor of London show what can be achieved when bold, ambitious ideas are combined with significant funding and a determination to see plans through. Despite the progress there is long way to go to make London a genuine ‘cycling city’ and his successor needs to increase the programme of delivery.
“In this update, he says his biggest regret is that he did not implement these changes sooner. To other politicians, there can be no greater indication of the importance to developing greater cycling infrastructure than this.”