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Green Party's Darren Johnson raises concerns over TfL's claimed figures on cycling spend (+ video)

London Assembly Member says amounts include sums not spent, and also says budget for coming years is deliberately underestimated

Green Party London Assembly member Darren Johnson has questioned headline figures from Transport for London (TfL) regarding the level of spend on cycling in the capital in recent years. In a blog published on, he has also expressed concerns that the £913 million promised over the next decade will be spread too thinly. Since that blog was published, Johnson has had the opportunity to quiz TfL Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy on those figures, and video of their exchange appears below.

In his analysis of the figures from TfL, Johnson says that amounts contained in those headline figures include unspent sums carried over from year to year – in other words, money announced as being put aside for cycling isn’t actually being spent.

He also believes that sum of getting on for a £1 billion is a deliberate underestimation of the amount that would be needed to fully implement Mayor Boris Johnson’s Vision for Cycling due, he says, to “the expectation that much of it won’t happen.”

You can read his blog here and in the meantime here is video of the exchange between Johnson and Sir Peter this afternoon, with the TfL Commissioner outlining steps the body is taking to ensure that boroughs are brought on board in realising the mayor's Vision for Cycling, among other issues.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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