Council Urged To Become ‘Cycling Haven’ in Boris Johnson’s Bike Plan

A Waltham Forest cycling campaigner has urged the Council to bid to become one of the Mayor of London’s ‘mini-Holland’ cycling havens.

On 7th March, Boris Johnson announced the scheme which invites greater London boroughs to bid for high investment available for up to three of the boroughs to make them cycle-friendly. Measures implemented by Waltham Forest last year means it stands a great chance of bidding successfully for a spot.

The council passed a three-year plan last April to adopt a 20mph speed limit on all residential roads as well as allowing cyclists to travel both ways on one-way streets and tackling dangerous roads. They were one of the first to back the London Cycling Campaign’s Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling campaign.

The funding offer is just one part of Mr Johnson’s plans for London over the next seven years. The ‘Crossrail’ bike project would be the longest urban cycle route in Europe, TfL claims, and would follow existing tracks along the A40 before crossing a new bike and pedestrian bridge at White City over the West Cross route and railway line.

It would then join a two-way cycle track along the Westway flyover before crossing Hyde Park and linking into a bike ‘superhighway’ from Tower Gateway to Canary Wharf and Barking. The mayor and TfL claim the journey would often be as quick or quicker than taking the train or going by car. TfL also wants to get more ethnic minorities, women and older people cycling by 2020, when they hope the two different kinds of routes will be well used.The east to west cycle superhighway will be built by 2016, according to the Mayor.