London Assembly members have voted for a huge rise in the budget provision for cycling in 2013-14, bringing the total spend to £140 million.
A majority of LA members voted in favour of cycling receiving 2 per cent of the TfL budget in recognition of its 2 per cent modal share - increasing the budget by nearly £40 million.
The Mayor’s proposed capital budget for TfL for 2013-14 is £3,560 million, an increase of 17% on the previous year.
In a report entitled ‘Gearing Up’, the London Assembly recommended that the Mayor should allocate at least £145m to cycling in 2013-14, as it represented 2 per cent of the 2012-13 budget.
The London Cycling Campaign Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said that the Mayor now needed to press ahead with the request of the Assembly.
He said: “Following LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign the Mayor promised Londoner’s world class provision for cycling. The very least he must do to make good this promise is to ensure investment in cycling at least matches – if not exceeds – the share of journeys currently made by bike in the capital”.
The 'Gearing Up' report also recommended that "The Mayor should... bring forward his target of 5 per cent cycling modal share from 2026 to 2020.... He should also establish a new target of 10 per cent cycling modal share by 2026 to reflect the Mayor’s ambition to create a ‘cycling revolution’ in London," which could mean additional funding in the future.
In terms of how individual members of the Assembly voted, all Labour, LibDem and Green Assembly members voted in favour of the budget amendment.
Speaking for the Conservative Group, which abstained on the motion, Gareth Bacon AM said that they were “not against this [amendment] in principle” and wanted to see details on how the increase could be achieved before it is put to a final vote at the end of this month.
Is air pollution the reason why all our southern and urban squirrels now look grey, not red?
The only sense I can think for the idiotic manoeuvre is the driver thought the cyclist was going into the little lane too, where it would have been...
Ebay can be quite good but list it when they have one of their 80% off selling fees weekends (seem to be every second Friday-Monday), or else you...
Same with me! Hope they reset the counter soon, so I can enter the new competition.
Alleged camber issue not obvious in the picture; would it not be easier to close the road all together, rather than have all the broken wing mirrors?
Manufacturing defect, send it back for a refund. Could be any number of reasons. Inconvenient but it won't take long to fix.
It's not the same without a lirpa loof reference, but that's going back a few years now
I'm pleased that local businesses seem to be more aware of issues than the council are - maybe they should volunteer to walk/cycle along the path...
That is true but I'm not sure that Shell's sponsorship of cycling will have much of an impact on the climate either....
Totally apropos that the Shell logo appears to be British Cycling up in flames