Cycle boom for Bike Week

London are taking lessons from Holland to get more people on their bikes. MPs, Dutch representatives and London schoolchildren cycled from the Dutch Embassy to the Houses of Parliament today to celebrate the start of Bike Week.

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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

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