Budget boost for London cyclists

London is to spend £770m over the next five years on infrastructure and initiatives to promote cycling.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that an average of £154m a year will be spent on cycling up until March 2022, which is almost double the £79m per year spent over the last mayoral term.

The percentage of Transport for London’s budget going on cycling is being increased from 2.4% to 5.5%.

Projects include the completion of phase two of the north-south cycle ‘superhighway’ from Farringdon to Kings Cross, which will begin construction next year. It also includes the extension of the east-west cycle route from Lancaster Gate and work to deliver cycle ‘superhighway 11’ from Swiss Cottage to the West End.

“I said in my manifesto that I’d be the most pro-cycling mayor London has ever had,” the mayor said. “Today I’m delighted to confirm that TfL will be spending twice as much on cycling over the next five years compared to the previous mayor. Making cycling safe and easier can provide huge benefits for us all – improving our health, cleaning up our toxic air, and helping tackle congestion.”