Making cycling safer and easier will be a significantly higher priority for Sadiq than it was for the previous administration.
Sadiq committed to increasing the amount spent on cycling in his election manifesto and that is exactly what we intend to do. A new business plan will be published over the coming weeks that will fulfil this promise. After all, money talks – and we need to invest to create the new infrastructure we need to make cycling safer. This is a major victory for cyclists in London that despite good intentions, the previous administration was never able to achieve.
Over the coming weeks, we will also be appointing a new walking and cycling commissioner for London. Unlike previous appointments to this role, we’ve run an open and competitive process. We’ve had over 150 brilliant applicants and I’m confident we’ll end up with the right person for the job.
The role is to be an advocate for active travel in London – raising the profile of both cycling and walking as fantastic ways of travelling around the city and working with TfL to create healthier streets – and to make cycling safer and easier.
Contrary to what some have said, the terms of the appointment are almost identical to those of the previous cycling commissioner, reporting into the deputy mayor of transport and having real access to the mayor.
We have quickly got on with the job of delivering the cycle superhighway projects that were left under way by Boris Johnson. Construction work is being planned to minimise disruption and congestion on the roads, with more work being undertaken at night. This was not a priority for the previous administration, which led to increasing resentment against cyclists and cycle superhighways. This has not helped the cyclists’ cause