The previous London mayor Boris Johnson seemed to spend half his life on a bike, and as yet I don’t believe we’ve seen the new mayor Sadiq Khan atop one (maybe someone can get him on an electric bike?), but he has just promised to spend £770m on cycling initiatives over the course of the next four years, saying he wants to make riding a bike the “safe and obvious” transport choice for all Londoners.
This commitment (about £17 per person per year) comes close to the amount spent in wonderful bike-friendly cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
Two new cycle superhighways are proposed, with Cycle superhighway 4 from Tower Bridge to Greenwich in south-east London, and Cycle superhighway 9 from Olympia to Hounslow in west London.
£770m is 5.5% of the budget for Transport for London (TfL)
Khan said he was delivering on his manifesto promise to be “the most pro-cycling mayor London has ever had”. He said: “With record amounts of money now committed for cycling in London, we will continue to work over the coming months developing further detailed plans for making cycling a safe and obvious choice for Londoners of all ages and backgrounds.”