London Bridge is a famous transport interchange. However, one of the most readily available, economical and healthy modes of transport is less well catered for.
The London Bridge Cycle Strategy was launched this week by Dr Will Norman, the Mayor of London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner. Published by Team London Bridge, it will put cycling at the heart of the ongoing transformation of London Bridge into a globally significant place of modern commerce, enterprise and creativity.
A better cycling network will enable the area to become quieter, greener, safer, less polluted, more welcoming, more inclusive, more efficient and better connected.
The projects outlined in the Action Plan will increase the proportion of commuters choosing to cycle to work, making cycling a serious alternative to tube and train travel in what is one of London’s busiest transport hubs. It will also aim to take polluting vehicles off the roads by encouraging deliveries using cargo bikes.
- A doubling of cycle journeys as the main mode of travel to work in London Bridge from 11% in 2015 to 22% by 2025/26
- At least 50% of commuter cycled trips to be carried out by women, BAME groups and disabled people by 2025/26
- 100% of London Bridge streets will carry more cycle traffic than motor traffic by 2025/26
- 50% of Team London Bridge business members to make regular use of cargo bikes by 2020
To achieve this Team London Bridge will support the development of a wide range of measures to promote cycling, including Extending Cycle Superhighway 4 through the district; establishing a network of quietways and quieter streets; a substantial increase in cycle parking and storage; and reducing road dangers and fears of danger.
Nadia Broccardo, Team London Bridge CEO, said, ’There is a great appetite here to make cycling in London Bridge a much more attractive and practical optio than it is today. But this strategy is as much about people and places as it is about cyclists, and the projects identified on our Action Plan will bring benefit to local businesses and the area as a whole.’
Joyce Wilson of Anthony Gold Solicitors, a local business, said, ‘The business community in London Bridge is keen to champion cycling as it supports many of their own objectives of increasing health and wellbeing for staff and promoting sustainable practices. We also recognise the positive impact that prioritising cycling can have on a place, making it calmer, cleaner, and quieter.’
The scope of the projects required brings in a wide range of partners and will seek to influence people outside of the traditional cyclist lobby. This strategy will be delivered by the Placeshaping team at Team London Bridge in partnership with the BID’s membership, Transport for London, Southwark Council, developers and other stakeholders.
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The cargobike project will be part-funded by a £29K grant from TfL’s Healthy Streets for Business Fund.