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London must 'follow Amsterdam' example on cycling

London needs to bring itself into the 21st century and start investing more money into cycling-lanes. according to a leading cycling awareness group.

A cyclist in the centre of Amsterdam
A cyclist in the centre of Amsterdam Credit: Image: Press Association

Stop Killing Cyclists' report found in some areas of the city over half of morning journeys are completed on a bicycle, however safe cycleways only constitute 1.63 per cent of the road surface in the best performing borough.

“Boroughs must urgently follow Amsterdam into the 21st century and invest a minimum of 10 per cent of their transport budget in Dutch standard cycle lanes and include space for cycling in all new developments and transport infrastructure.” campaigner Donnachadh McCarthy said.

A Freedom of Information request found that over the past four years, local councils in London had only spent an average of £7,000 per borough on segregated cycle-lanes.

Read: Thirteen boroughs have no segregated cycling lanes

Thirteen boroughs have no segregated cycling lanes

Thirteen London boroughs have no segregated cycle lanes, a new report into cycling safety has found.

The campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists have criticised London Boroughs who have failed to install safe segregated cycle lanes since the last local elections in May.

  • Barnet
  • Bexley
  • Bromley
  • Enfield
  • Haringey
  • Havering
  • Hounslow
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Richmond
  • Sutton
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Wandsworth

Read: London boroughs 'failed to install safe cycle lanes'

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London boroughs 'fail to install safe cycle lanes'

Twenty-four London boroughs have failed to install any segregated cycle-lanes since the last local elections in May, a new report claims.

A cyclist uses a new Cycle Superhighway during rush hour in London Credit: Image: ITV News

A freedom of information request by the cycling awareness group Stop Killing Cyclists also found that 13 boroughs across the capital have no segregated cycle-lanes at all.

Six cyclists lost their lives on London roads in just two weeks last November prompting the report to call on local councils to do more to protect cyclists.

The campaign group will lead a protest today outside Westminster City Hall to highlight London's lack of cycling infrastructure.

Cyclist injured after collision with ambulance.

A cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by an Ambulance in East London last night. The 37 year-old man was emerging from a cycle path onto City Road when he collided with the Ambulance which was using its emergency lights and sirens.

The man was taken to an east London hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The incident is being investigated by police.

Eight boroughs have been shortlisted

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson with his bicycle Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

The Mayor is set to announce the winning boroughs of his flagship "mini-Holland" initiative today.

The shortlisted boroughs are Bexley, Ealing, Enfield, Kingston, Merton and Newham, Richmond and Waltham Forest.

100 million pounds will be invested to local communities and help make them as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents.

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MP backs residents to save Vauxhall transport hub

General View of Vauxhall Bridge Bus Station Credit: PA

Hundreds of people including MP Kate Hooey, have backed a campaign supporting saving the Vauxhall Bridge bus station, amid fear that it could be demolished to make the area more cyclist and pedestrian-friendly.

Lambeth Council and Transport for London (TfL) is due to launch a consultation later this year on the future of the Vauxhall Cross gyratory. Ms Hooey said: "The bus station is popular and needed [...] and not negotiable".

According to the Evening Standard, leader of Lambeth Council Lib Peck, said: “We know there is strong opinion in the local community who will have the opportunity to comment, and we are clear that any new scheme has to work for buses.”

Boris bike study over benefits 'reassuring'

Findings over the effects of the London cycle-hire scheme have been "reassuring", according to a scientist from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who carried out a study to see the impact of Boris bikes. Dr Anna Goldman added:

When the cycle hire scheme was introduced, there were widespread concerns that increasing the number of inexperienced cyclists in central London would lead to higher injury rates.

Our findings are reassuring, as we found no evidence of this. On the contrary, our findings suggest that the scheme has benefited the health of Londoners and that cycle hire users are certainly not at higher risk than other cyclists.

Read: Boris Bike benefits 'outweighs harm of riding them'

Boris Bike benefits 'outweighs harm of riding them'

London’s bicycle sharing system has more positive health impacts than negative effects, according to a new report. Research by the British Medical Journal revealed that Boris Bikes has had the greatest impact on older users.

Barclays Cycle Hire bikes popularly known as 'Boris Bikes' Credit: PA

Scientists balanced improvements to health from the physical activity of bike riding with the potentially harmful effects of physical injury and inhaling traffic fumes.

Between April 2011 and March 2012, 7.4 million cycle hire trips were made by 57,607 users.

The results of the computer modelling study found that the benefits far outweighed the harms, at least when looking at injury rates for people riding Boris bikes.

£17m funding awarded to improve cycling across the capital

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£17m worth of funding will be made available over three years. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

More than £17m in funding has been awarded to boroughs across London so they can make key cycling improvements in their local areas.

The money, which will be made available over three years, is being given to help boroughs to deliver measures to increase the take up of cycling and make London more easily accessible and safe.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said; “As part of my Cycling Vision, we are engaging in a vast £1bn programme of improvements to transform cycling in London.

"Making some of this money available directly to the boroughs will help ensure that cycling developments reach communities."

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