Outer London cyclists have received “a raw deal” from Mayor Boris Johnson according to Greens on the London Assembly who claim just a fifth of the capital’s cycling funds have been spent in outer London since 2008.
According to the party’s research, inner London boroughs have benefitted from £314m of cycling schemes while outer London benefitted by just £75m.
As a result only five of the nineteen outer boroughs will see cycle safety schemes, such as junction improvements and the introduction of ‘quietway’ routes, completed by time Mayor Johnson leaves office in May.
The party says the decision to target so much of the budget at inner London is at odds with City Hall’s own figures which suggests two thirds of all trips which could be made by bike are made by residents in the outer boroughs.
London Assembly member Darren Johnson is calling for the next mayor and Transport for London to ensure funds are allocated on a more equal basis.
With a number of major schemes held up by local council objections, Mr Johnson also says the next mayor should be given the power to take over borough roads needed to make cycle routes viable.
He’s also called for TfL to set “ambitious” cycling targets for the capital and individual boroughs.
Mr Johnson commented: “We are now seeing some top quality cycle lanes in parts of central London and that is very welcome, but people who want to cycle in outer London have had a raw deal while Boris Johnson has been in office.
“We know that millions of short suburban car trips could be made by bike instead, freeing up road space, cleaning up the air and making people fitter. This Mayor dithered for years, then finally started to build some quality schemes such as the Waltham Forest mini Holland.
“The next Mayor must expand this programme and complete all of the superhighways and quietways in the pipeline to kick start an outer London cycling revolution.”