Boris Says: On Your Bike

By BethPH Last edited 83 months ago
Boris Says: On Your Bike

With fresh tube strikes ahead and unseasonably warm weather, it seems like a good time to take to two wheels. Obligingly, the mayor is handing out cash to boost his cycling revolution.

Thirteen London 'biking boroughs' are lucky recipients from a £4m pot aimed at making cycling more appealing to the local community. So who got what? The website gives all the totals, but the bookends were Barking & Dagenham with £343K and Merton with £155K. Green Party mayoral candidate Jenny Jones was unimpressed with Merton’s allocation, however, calling it ‘pathetic’.

The money will be used to make cycling a safer and more pleasant experience in the capital by adding extra bike lanes, improving infrastructure and promoting cycling instead of driving.

TfL have yet to issue guidelines around alternative transport on the proposed strike days but last year’s guided cycle rides didn’t fare brilliantly.  Use of the cycle-hire scheme and traffic on the superhighways was reportedly higher than usual — a claim disputed by the War On The Motorist blog who incidentally criticise the number of obstructions on the superhighways.

If the strikes do go ahead, the Boris bike stations will no doubt be busy so get there early and check out TfL’s cycle route maps in advance.

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Last Updated 09 May 2011


£4m is really a pittance compared with the £140m bike-hire or £11m (approx) cost of each Cycle Super Highway, not to mention that it's half the budget for five borismasters, and a tenth of the £50.5m budget to build and operate a Thames cable car that one one seems to want.

Jenny Jones is right, this is pathetic. Cycling in the Boroughs is clearly not a Mayoral priority. Oh, and lest we forget, Boris cut £10m from LCN+ on his election, so giving back less than half that much to a disconnected range of borough led schemes, two years later, is hardly progress.

Jonn Elledge

So what we're basically saying, here, is that Boris is a "zone one mayor"? Interesting.

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