Sadiq Khan has given his backing to London’s “Mini Holland” cycle schemes in the face of demands from motorists to reopen residential roads to through traffic.
A petition signed by more than 6,000 people was presented to him two weeks ago claiming that congestion and pollution had “increased massively” on roads in Walthamstow not closed under the scheme.
Mr Khan, who inherited the three Transport for London-funded schemes from Boris Johnson, has also been contacted by campaigners in Enfield who claim 38 out of 50 businesses surveyed in Winchmore Hill had reported a fall in takings, which they claim is due to the disruption caused by the building of bike lanes in Green Lanes.
At the same time, the Mayor has been urged by pro-cycling groups, including Better Streets for Enfield and Enfield Cycling Campaign, to do more to increase the amount of safer cycle routes after three cyclists were killed in a week.
The victims included Anita Szucs, 30, who was killed by an apparent hit-and-run car driver as she rode home in Bounces Road, a residential street in Edmonton, early in the morning. Her husband Tamas Mezo has called for more cycle lanes and safer roads.
Asked how Mr Khan planned to respond to the protests, a spokesman said: “The Mayor fully supports the roll-out of Mini Holland schemes in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest as part of his bold plans to make London a safer and easier city for cycling and walking.