Walthamstow could become a ‘mini-Holland’ after £30 million was secured to improve facilities for cyclists.Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that Waltham Forest is one of three boroughs in London to be chosen for the cash.
Detailed plans on the new cycle network have yet to be announced, but major changes will be centred on Walthamstow, it has been confirmed.A cycle ‘superhighway’ will be created in Lea Bridge Road and some roads will be made access only for drivers. Whipps Cross roundabout will be transformed into a Dutch-style roundabout, with segregated cycle lanes.
A seperate initiative announced today by Mr Johnson will also see the introduction of a ‘quietway’ route in Waltham Forest, enabling cyclists to access central London through back streets.
Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign (WFCC) were heavily involved in the bid, put together by the council. Cllr Clyde Loakes deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “It will make a significant difference to the quality of life of our residents and others who cycle in Waltham Forest.”
The works are scheduled to start in the summer and the other boroughs chosen for funding were Enfield and Kingston.