Lambeth council’s proposals to boost cycling have been praised by London’s ‘cycling czar’ Andrew Gilligan.
The plans , approved by Cabinet on Monday aim to encourage a wider range of people to take to the saddle.
Concerns over traffic, safety and lack of secure storage often deter women, families and older people from using a bike despite the recognised health and environmental benefits from cycling.
Lambeth is highly rated as a cycle-friendly borough and has the third highest rate of cycling in London, but most cyclists tend to be white, male and aged 25-44.
Mr Gilligan, who’s Boris Johnson’s cycling commissioner said: “This strategy is terrific and Lambeth’s reputation as a pro-cycling borough is immensely enhanced by it. The Mayor and I are excited by Lambeth’s ambition and we’re looking forward to working with the council to help realise our radical vision for cycling in this key part of London.”
Lambeth’s Cycling Strategy will form the basis of a bid for a share of the Mayor of London’s £400m funding for high quality cycle routes and supporting projects.
Cllr Pete Robbins said, “Riding a bike is the quickest, healthiest, and most pleasant way of getting around, particularly on shorter journeys. But too many people – in particular women and young children – are discouraged from cycling due to practical or safety concerns. Lambeth’s ambitious new cycle strategy is about removing the barriers that many people tell us are discouraging them. That could include a need for safe, separated bike lanes and reducing traffic speeds, or just access to safe and secure on-street bike storage for people living in flats.”
“This strategy lays the foundation for Lambeth to be the most cycle friendly borough in London, and we’re delighted to have such strong support from the Mayor of London’s cycling advisor Andrew Gilligan.”