Record-breaking growth in London’s cycle network continues

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Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London have announced that construction work will begin on four major new cycling infrastructure projects across the capital this month. These new safer routes will play a vital role in supporting Londoners to move around the capital as restrictions ease and the economy begins to reopen and recover.

Enabling more people to walk and cycle continues to be at the heart of the Mayor’s vision to transform London’s streets for the better and to create a healthier, cleaner and more sustainable city for everyone.

Data has regularly shown significant increases in cycling at weekends, with an increase of 240 per cent over the weekend of 26-28 February 2021 compared to the same weekend in 2020. The data also shows that walking and cycling accounted for nearly half of all journeys during the first lockdown between April and June last year, up from 29 per cent before the pandemic.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m absolutely determined to build an even better London after the pandemic – a greener and healthier city in which it’s easier and safer to walk and cycle. I’m delighted that construction work on four new cycle schemes is set to begin this month, adding to the record expansion in the network of routes across our city since May 2016.

“The huge number of Londoners who have taken up or rediscovered cycling over the past year – myself included – has been one of the few silver linings from the pandemic. By making it safer and more convenient for people to get to where they want to be, we will not only keep up this momentum but also enable a cleaner and greener recovery for our city.”