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Half a million cyclists every day in London.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by spindrift, 20 Jun 2008.

  1. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    LCC PRESS RELEASE
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    London cycling crosses the half million.



    LCC welcomes the growth in cycling to more than half a million cycle
    journeys made in London every day and Mayoral commitment to support
    this with an increase in investment for cycling.



    Transport for London (TfL) this week released figures which show an
    increase of 91% in the number of people cycling on London's major
    roads since 2000.

    TfL have announced that to support this growth they
    will invest £55 million in cycling this year, including money for
    cycle parking facilities, education, events and cycle promotion.


    Koy Thomson, Chief Executive of London Cycling Campaign, said:

    “LCC is delighted that Boris has not only committed to exceed the
    previous Mayor’s target for cycling growth but is maintaining the
    commitment to increased investment. We hope that this level of
    investment grows year by year for the next four years.”
    Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, said:



    “Despite one of the wettest summers on record, Londoners’ passion for
    cycling continues to grow. A 91 per cent growth in cycling levels in
    just eight years is a great achievement, but we are working to build
    on this steady growth and improve conditions for cyclists still
    further.





    “The Mayor has made cycling a top transport priority, and this year we
    are investing a further £55 million in cycling. As we continue to
    invest in new cycle lanes, improved parking facilities and bike
    training for people of all ages, I am confident that we will see the
    number of people cycling in the Capital continue to rise.”
    Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:




    “I'm delighted that a growing number of people - like me - are
    choosing to cycle around London, and great strides have been made. But
    the overall number is still too low, which suggest that many Londoners
    need further encouragement to take it up. Alongside TfL, the boroughs,
    and business, I am exploring a range of options to make cycling safer,
    more practical and more attractive.”
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    TfL PRESS RELEASE
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    More than half a million cycle journeys now made every day in the
    Capital .


    16 June 2008


    A record £55m to be invested in cycling in London this year.
    With Bike Week underway, figures released today (16 June) show that
    there has been a 91 per cent increase in the number of people cycling
    on London's major roads since Transport for London (TfL) was created
    in 2000.


    Overall, TfL estimates that there are now in excess of 500,000 cycle
    journeys made every day in the Capital.



    The number of people cycling in London increased for the sixth year
    running last year, even though last summer was the wettest since 1912.
    Between March 2007 and March 2008, cycling on London's major roads
    grew by a further 4.5 per cent, with an estimated 20,500 more cycle
    journeys being made in the Capital every day.



    Cyling numbers grow ;

    Last year was historic for cycling in the Capital as it hosted the
    Grand Départ of the Tour de France for the first time and saw the
    first London Freewheel bike ride with tens of thousands of Londoners
    taking to two wheels on closed roads.


    To continue to support the huge rise in the popularity of cycling in
    the Capital, the Mayor and TfL are investing a further £55m in cycling
    this year - up from £36m last year, and a ten-fold increase on the
    £5.5m spent on cycling in 2000.
    This money is being spent on improved cycle parking facilities,
    education, events and cycle promotion.



    Continuing investment


    Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said: 'I'm delighted that a growing
    number of people - like me - are choosing to cycle around London, and
    great strides have been made.


    'But the overall number is still too low, which suggest that many
    Londoners need further encouragement to take it up.

    'Alongside TfL, the boroughs, and business, I am exploring a range of
    options to make cycling safer, more practical and more attractive.
    '£2m is to be invested in new secure parking facilities, and alongside
    the forthcoming bicycle hire scheme and other ambitious initiatives in
    the near future I'm hoping to inspire a whole new generation of
    cyclists.'


    Attracting newcomers


    Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London said: 'Despite one
    of the wettest summers on record, Londoners' passion for cycling
    continues to grow.


    'A 91 per cent growth in cycling levels in just eight years is a great
    achievement, but we are working to build on this steady growth and
    improve conditions for cyclists still further.

    'The Mayor has made cycling a top transport priority, and this year we
    are investing a further £55m in cycling.
    'As we continue to invest in new cycle lanes, improved parking
    facilities and bike training for people of all ages, I am confident
    that we will see the number of people cycling in the Capital continue
    to rise.'
     
  2. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    So, you like Boris now do you?
     
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    spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    The BBC coverage of this was ****ing shoot. they always do this, put a fat munting reporter on a bike and he wobbles along going:

    "Oh, ha ha ha ha ha, it's a bit wobbly!!!!"


    Stupid chuffing gayer, and then they showed this clip:


    View: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=604_1213937147


    Cyclist Frank Schleck survives after horror spill

    Which has sod all to do with cycle commuting and likely to put people off, the sensationalist twunting cockends.
     
  4. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Aha, Spinners must have me on his ignore list, I forget about that. Still, good to see he's still interested in London politics out in Prague!
     
  5. LLB

    LLB Guest

    So it sounds like Pro cycling Boris is doing even more for Cycling than the Pro 'Red Ken' Ken Livingstone. Just goes to show that your rantings were unfounded and the man is looking to improve the lot for two wheeled commuting after all.
     
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    spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    For instance. It's a cycling story. It's about cyclists. Cycling.

    So why in the name of reach-around doggie-style bouncing boobs do they have a French personn who isn't even English from the french equivelent of the AA say:

    "Aaah,, yeeees, but cycling is good to replace walking, but not the car!"


    Which is utter bollocks and laughably ill-informed, why are thay asking a bloke from the car lobby.

    BBC, I shoot em.
     
  7. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

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    Don't mince your words, say what you really mean.

    On a positive note with those kind of numbers and a cyclist mayor we should start to see proper cycle facilities being incorporated into road improvement schemes in the city.
     
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    spindrift

    spindrift New Member


    I can't wait for the London Velib, the whole of Trafalgar Square northside could be one huge cycle rack. The nack will be making the bikes unattractive to low-life scrote bike thieves.
     
  9. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

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    Is there such a thing as an unattractive bike to a scrote?
     
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    spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    The Velib in Paris:


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    Clunky, unfashionable, and only hireable if you put a deposit on a CC.
     
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    spindrift New Member

    is that Prince Harry?

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  12. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

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    I find most wedgies unattractive, I cannot imagine sitting on one these days.
     
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    spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    Bang 'em down the Embankment or Bankside:

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    spindrift New Member

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