TfL has awarded funding of greater than £1million to create as much as 2,000 new cycle parking areas throughout the capital, offering an extra enhance to the Mayor’s Streetspace programme of measures to spice up strolling and biking.
Current information printed by TfL confirmed strolling and biking accounted for half of all journeys between April and June, up from 29% earlier than the pandemic.
TfL stated it’s dedicated to making sure that as many of those biking journeys as doable start and finish with a secure place to park, particularly as a scarcity of parking is likely one of the foremost elements that deters Londoners from biking. Nearly £1million has been awarded to 14 boroughs throughout inside and outer London, with the areas being delivered over the approaching months.
Round 900 of the brand new areas are to be delivered alongside routes which were created or upgraded as a part of Streetspace. An additional 1,100 areas throughout London can be created utilizing a mixture of totally different parking varieties, together with on-street cycle parking, residential cycle hangars and new cycle hubs at tube and rail stations.
In Enfield, the funding will create new parking areas at GP surgical procedures, serving to folks to get to very important appointments extra simply by bike, whereas in Merton, Sutton and Kingston, it’s deliberate to create 514 new areas throughout 37 colleges.
TfL has additionally authorised funding for the primary time for 2 cargo bike cycle hangars in Waltham Forest, which can be in Walthamstow and Wooden Road city centres. The hangars, constructed for native companies, will have the ability to retailer two cargo bikes every.
The remainder of the funding can be invested by TfL to transform some short-term cycle parking areas exterior tube stations into everlasting cycle parking. TfL may also make investments among the funding to create a brand new cycle parking hub for Hackney Central London Overground station.
Greater than 1,400 new cycle parking areas have been delivered on the TfL street community since Might by way of the Streetspace programme, along with greater than 90 kilometres of recent or upgraded cycle lanes which were constructed or are beneath building.
“Secure and safe parking is essential to enabling many extra Londoners to cycle so I’m delighted that as much as 2,000 extra areas are set to be created throughout our metropolis within the coming months,” stated Will Norman, London’s strolling and biking commissioner. “These will construct on the 1,400 new cycle parking areas which have already been put in place by way of our Streetspace programme and are making an enormous distinction to native communities.
“We all know that lots of people have began biking as a technique to get a little bit of train over the previous 9 months, and safe bike parking means these journeys may double up for looking for requirements or different important journeys.”
Penny Rees, TfL’s head of wholesome streets funding and supply, added: “We’re dedicated to creating biking a safer and simpler alternative for extra journeys within the capital and it’s very important that as many of those journeys as doable start and finish with a secure place to park.
“We all know simply how vital biking has been in enabling folks to get round safely through the coronavirus pandemic and this new funding with London’s boroughs will profit hundreds of individuals biking, constructing on our daring Streetspace work to this point.”
TfL is working intently with London’s boroughs on plans for the following section of its Streetspace programme, with extra short-term cycle routes set to be delivered over the upcoming months. TfL lately introduced the opening of recent cycle lanes in Greenwich and Chiswick, including 5.5 kilometres of area to London’s rising biking community.
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