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Man crashed into telegraph pole

St George's hospital in Tooting Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Archive

A cyclist is fighting for his life after crashing into a telegraph pole during London to Brighton charity bike race.

The London man, believed to be in his thirties, is in a serious condition in St George's hospital in Tooting after the crash in the village of Gatton, Surrey, yesterday morning.

He was rushed to the south London hospital with life threatening injuries at around 7.30am.

Move significant numbers of suburban car journeys to bike

The Mayor wants to move significant numbers of car journeys to bike Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive

The mini-Holland programme aims to significantly reduce suburban car journeys, which the Mayor says are often short and cycleable, and increase the number of journeys made on bike.

Each outer London borough was invited to submit proposals for:

A substantial redesign of the main town centre to make it genuinely excellent for cyclists

Redesigns of some of the secondary town centres

Addressing severance, where this is a problem: new cycle and pedestrian crossings of major roads, railway lines or waterways

A network of good cycle routes radiating out from the main town centre, and secondary centres to other parts of the borough, paralleling all the main local travel routes. Redesigns of problem junctions used by cyclists

At least one good commuter route from the borough to central London

Cycle superhubs at local railway stations

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Think Bikes campaign

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Stickers will be handed out to drivers this morning Credit: AA

A Cycling awareness initiative launches in London this morning.

The "Think Bikes" awareness campaign starts in Marble Arch.

A million free stickers will be distributed to drivers as a reminder to check their mirrors.

World class cycle ride

The World Cycle Race, being billed as the biggest bike race on the planet, begins today.

With 18,000 miles to ride, organisers say it is the longest continuous cycle race.

The five riders taking part will start from the meridian startline in Greenwich, south east London at midday.

They will be seen off by around 100 other cyclists. In the last race, only three out of the nine cyclists who took part managed to finish. Great Ormond Street Hospital is among the charities the event will raise money for.

Minister quizzed over cycling deaths

The Minister for Cycling will face tough questions today following the deaths of six cyclists on London's roads last month.

Robert Goodwill will face MPs just a few days after cycling round the city to test out the capital's cycle routes.

The Minister spent an hour cycling around London, from Kings Cross to Westminster via Camden, Southwark and Lambeth.

He said he saw both good and bad infrastructure during his ride, but also said he didn't feel 'in any danger at any time'.

London bike facts

You can cover 4 miles in 22 minutes in Central London - it takes 40 minutes by car Credit: ITN

-You can cover 4 miles in an average of 22 minutes in Central London by bike, when it takes about 40 minutes by car.

-8 bikes can be parked in the space occupied by one car.

-London has around 500 police on bikes.

-In Central London the ambulance service is supported by a fully equipped cycling paramedic team.- Regular cycling halves the chances of heart disease, helps to lower blood pressure, and the resting heart rate.

-Cycling increases calorie consumption, raises the metabolic rate and can help you to lose weight.

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540,000 trips made in London every day

Boris Johnson with cyclist Chris Boardman Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mayor Boris Johnson is a keen cyclist and launched a bicycle hire scheme, affectionately known as 'Boris bikes' in 2010. Since then the number of cyclists in the capital has boomed.

'Boris bikes' were launched in 2010 Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images
  • 2010/11 saw 540,000 cycle trips made in London per day

  • 173% increase in cycling on London's main roads between 2000/01 and 2011/12

  • 23% of Londoners cycled in the last year (2010/2011)

  • 35% of London households own a bicycle (8% increase over one year, 2010/2011)

  • 1 in 10 Londoners make a round trip by bike every day

  • 48,397 Londoners received cycle training in 2010/11

Just 2% of journeys in London are by bike

The Dutch have been drafted in to advise on cycling policy and infrastructure Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

London is seeing a boom in cycling, with well over half a million cycle trips made every day. To help prepare, the Dutch - who boast Amsterdam as one of the most bike friendly cities in the world - have been drafted in to advise on cycling policy and infrastructure.

So how do we compare? According to figures from the London Cycling Campaign:

  • Amsterdam: 600,000 cycle journeys per day in a population of 750,800 = 37% of journeys are by bike.

  • London: About 500,000 cycle journeys per day in a population of 8.1m = 2% of journeys by bike.

MPs, Dutch representatives and London schoolchildren cycled en masse from the Dutch Embassy to the Houses of Parliament today to celebrate the start of Bike Week 2013 (15-23 June).

The ride marks a closer partnership between the two countries, with Dutch experts advising a delegation from the UK on cycling policy and infrastructure in preparation for a predicted record year for cycling.

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