Sadiq Khan pledges to triple London cycle infrastructure
by Laura Laker April 25 2016
Sadiq Khan, the Labour Party’s candidate for Mayor of London, has today pledge to triple cycling infrastructure in the capital, as well as giving each of London’s 32 boroughs the chance of its own Mini Holland and reducing numbers of lethal HGVs on the roads.
By agreeing to the London Cycling Campaign’s Sign for Cycling three point agenda, Khan become the first of the front runners to commit to do so, should he be elected in the May 5 Mayoral elections.
Khan says he is “proud” to support the campaign, after candidates of the Green and Lib Dem parties signed up to the LCC campaign in recent weeks. Last week the Green Party’s Mayoral hopeful, Sian Berry, committed she would spend £1.5bn on cycling over her first term, if elected.
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In a statement, Khan said: “I’m proud to support LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign, and will work towards achieving the campaign’s goals as part of my plans to make London a byword for cycling.
He also said he will continue work, started during Boris Johnson’s tenure as Mayor, to improve town centres in outer London boroughs – dubbed “Mini Holland” schemes for their focus on making walking and cycling more attractive. Waltham Forest, Kingston and Enfield all received around £30m for their Mini Holland schemes after submitting winning bids to City Hall in 2013.
Khan said: “I’ll complete the roll out of the current town-centre cycling improvement plans, and begin a new round of schemes. I am committed to ensuring that every London borough that wishes to do so, and can produce a viable, high quality plan, has a fair opportunity to benefit from a Mini-Holland style scheme.”
Last week Green candidate, Sian Berry, pledged to spend 15 per cent of the transport budget on cycling and walking over her first term, if elected – amounting to £1.5bn over four years. This, she said would be paid for by cancelling road building projects including the Silvertown Tunnel, as well as introducing smart congestion charging, a “more effective Low EmissionsZone” and a workplace parking levy.