TfL to create 7,800 new cycle parking spaces across London’s boroughs
Posted: 14 January 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The Mayor and TfL have committed to increase the number of journeys made in London by walking, cycling or public transport from 63 per cent to 80 per cent by 2041.
Transport for London (TfL) has awarded more than £3.5 million of investment to 30 London boroughs to create 7,800 new cycle spaces in town centres, stations, schools and residential areas.
The investment aims to enable thousands more cycle journeys to take place each week by ensuring more journeys begin and end with a place to park, with the first spaces set to be in place by spring 2020. The investment has been targeted to add spaces where they are most needed.
The funding is part of TfL’s Cycle Parking Implementation Plan, published in 2019, which showed that thousands of new parking spaces are needed to keep up with increased levels of cycling. The Plan sets out an aspiration to ensure that all stations outside Zone 1 have a minimum of 20 cycle parking spaces within 50 metres of the station and a minimum of 30 per cent spare capacity.
Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “We are determined to get more Londoners onto their bikes to help to tackle congestion and make the city greener. As well as continuing to make cycling safer, we know it’s vital that we make the beginning and the end of people’s journeys as simple and hassle free as possible.
“Alongside our investment in high-quality routes, we are extremely pleased that this new funding for cycle parking facilities will enable thousands more Londoners from all corners of the capital to hop on a bike.”
Penny Rees, TfL’s Head of Healthy Streets Investment and Delivery, added: “Thousands more Londoners each year are discovering the many benefits of cycling, from better health to reduced carbon emissions, but we know how frustrating it can be when there’s nowhere to leave your bike at the start or end of a journey.
“Our investment with the boroughs will help to ensure that our streets are geared up for cycling, making it even easier, quicker and more attractive for people to go about their everyday journeys by bike.”