A report was published by new Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman on Friday. The report lays out a plan for the long term potential for cycling in London.

The report makes the following recommendations:

  • Twenty five corridors across London identified as having the greatest potential for cycling
  • Data analysis by Transport for London (TfL) identifies where to expand the cycling network
  • New figures show Cycle Superhighways and Quietways have increased cycling by up to 56 per cent
  • Future cycling routes will be designed to provide benefits for pedestrians and public transport users

Innovative data analysis is being used by TfL to identify where the next generation of cycling provision could make the biggest impact on the public taking into account growth forecasts, safety data and existing demand. Twenty five corridors across London from Brentford to Heathrow in the west, to Dagenham Dock to Ilford in the east, Highgate to North Finchley in the north, and Streatham to Oval in the south have been identified for investment priority.

TfL will now work with London boroughs to deliver a long-term Strategic Cycle Network for London, as part of the Mayor’s forthcoming Transport Strategy which will provide benefits for pedestrians and public transport users as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets Approach.

Strategic Cycling Analysis published today shows the dramatic growth in cycling along Superhighways since 2014 before the routes were established:

  • 54 per cent increase in cycling along the East-West Cycle Superhighway from Parliament Square to Tower Hill
  • 32 per cent increase along the entire North-South Cycle Superhighway
  • 56 per cent increase in cycling along Quietway 1 from Greenwich and Waterloo.

According to the “Travel in London” Report 9, more than half a million kilometres are ridden by cyclists on the average day within central London, a rise of seven per cent in three years, and across London there are 670,000 cycle daily journeys. At Temple on the East-West Cycle Superhighway where I cycle to work, a total of 12,572 bikes were counted each day. There were 16 more locations where more than 5,000 cycles per day were counted. The Mayor has a budget of £154 million per year investment for cycling. The data demonstrates that the investment is being put to good use. The Mayor’s “Healthy Streets Approach” encourages increasing levels of physical activity which could transform the lives of Londoners. In addition the Healthy Streets Approach aims to reduce air and noise pollution, minimise road danger and help tackle congestion to benefit cyclists, pedestrians and public transport users alike. It will also bring economic benefits to local high streets across the Capital.

It is the ambition of the Mayor that Londoners walk or cycle for at least 20 minutes every day – currently only 34 per cent of Londoners manage to do this on any given day. If every Londoner walked or cycled for 20 minutes a day it would save the NHS £1.7bn over the next 25 years.

Will Norman, London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, said: “We’re committed to improving cycling provision right across the capital as we work to make physical activity a bigger part of Londoners’ everyday lives. And while we are working hard to build new Cycle Superhighways and Quietways now, it’s also important that we look ahead to expand the cycling network and create the next generation of routes. That’s why we’re using this ground-breaking analysis to identify the areas of greatest potential for cycling, and why we’ll be working closely with the boroughs to deliver schemes that help continue this spectacular growth in cycling for many years to come.”

Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “This exciting analysis will help to transform cycling in all four corners of our great city, making London greener, healthier and less congested. The latest cycling statistics and the data on future cycling demand shows there is no stopping London’s rapid cycling growth and we will work closely with the boroughs to help fuel this growth further by fixing the most dangerous junctions and delivering on major cycling improvements.”