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London launches Cycling Action PlanTransport for London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today joined London’s cycling and walking commissioner Will Norman at a new-build protected cycleway in the Outer London borough of Enfield for the launch of the capital’s Cycling Action Plan. This five-year plan sets out the timescale for tripling the number of protected cycleways since Khan came to office and also reveals new quality standards for cycling infrastructure.
Norman told Forbes: “We have a climate-change emergency, a toxic air crisis, an inactivity crisis in London, and with a significant growth [in population] that’s coming it is only going to exacerbate these challenges – so, the Mayor’s [earlier] transport strategy set out the way we need to make changes to the way we move around our city to cleaner, greener, more efficient modes of transport. And cycling is a critical part of it.”
He added: “The Cycle Action Plan follows on from the transport strategy and is integrated with the Vision Zero plan, and the walking plan, and it outlines the really significant investment in cycling. TfL’s business plan, which was published last week, sets out the £2.3-billion investment in the Healthy Streets portfolio over the next five years, and given the financial constraints that exist at the moment that really shows how much the Mayor is prioritising healthy, active travel.”
The 59-page Cycling Action Plan sets out how Transport for London (TfL) and at least some of the London boroughs will address poor air quality and congestion, while improving cycling infrastructure to make cycling even easier safer and more accessible for everyone. The front cover of the plan says that TfL wants to make London the “world’s best big city for cycling.”