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Cycling plans "not ambitious enough"

The London Assembly is calling on Boris Johnson to double the cycling budget. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

The London Assembly criticised the plans as "not ambitious enough" and called for Boris Johnson to double the budget for cycling.

They said that the Mayor was likely to miss his targets for increasing the number of journeys taken by bike and for improving cycle safety

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Chair of the London Assembly’s Transport Committee, said:

“Far from seeing evidence of a serious commitment to a 'cycling revolution', the Mayor’s vision lacks ambition for his pledges to make London safer and more inviting for cycling.

"While £913 million may seem an impressive figure, its impact will be diluted over ten years and is not a significant advancement on current funding levels. To have real impact, we’re calling for the investment in cycling to be doubled.

“The Committee has previously highlighted how segregated cycle paths, junction and cycle superhighway improvements and tackling HGV safety would improve safety for cyclists, and we're delighted to see these included in the Mayor's cycle vision.

"If Boris Johnson is serious about leaving a lasting cycling legacy for London – boosting journeys by bike and improving safety – more ambitious targets, backed by serious funding, are needed."

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