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
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.
-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.
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.