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Sustainable transport: Cycling in London

June 2013

The Mayor’s vision for cycling in London: An Olympic Legacy for all Londoners

This article is based on the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London, published in March 2013.

London had a population of 8.2 million in 2011, according to the UK census. This represents a 12 per cent growth since 2001. Such a large and growing population puts great pressure on services – not least on the capital’s transport network.

In March 2013, the London Mayor announced plans to increase the number of people cycling. Currently over half a million cycling journies are made in London each day. It is hoped that this will ease pressure on the existing transport network and also help to make London an increasingly sustainable city.

£913 million will be invested in the ten-year plan. A connected cycle network will be built with the aim of getting more people cycling to work and for leisure. Measures will be taken to improve road safety and efforts will be made to instill a culture of cycling within London. If the Mayor’s projections are correct, then cycling in London will double over the next 10 years of investment.

A geographer’s view

Pete WoodPete Wood is a PhD candidate at the Open University and a Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG). He is currently researching how cycling affects the lives of people who live in South London. ‘I hope to draw out the implications of London’s cycling revolution for life in the city,’ he explains. In this article, Pete provides commentary on the Mayor’s vision for cycling in London.


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  • Outcome one: A Tube network for the bike
  • Outcome two: Safer streets for the bike
  • Outcome three: More people travelling by bike
  • Outcome four: Better places for everyone

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