The Standard View: Cyclists are returning to the capital – now is the time to invest in infrastructure | Evening Standard
Evening Standard 2 days ago
The latest annual Travel in London report shows some promising signs. Cycling has increased by 40 per cent since the start of the pandemic, including a near-doubling of journeys on weekends. This is impressive, particularly when the total number of trips by all modes of transport remains 11 per cent down on pre-Covid levels.
The Mayor has an ambitious target that 80 per cent of all trips in the capital be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041. This went into reverse during the pandemic and the early recovery, but is now back on the right track.
To keep it up, we need to see further investment in segregated cycle lanes and fewer retrograde steps, such as the bizarre decision taken by Kensington and Chelsea council to scrap its cycle scheme. We must consider more pedestrianised zones, including on Oxford Street, rather than risk consigning what was once Europe’s premier shopping street to decline.