Ealing and Hounslow look to go Dutch

Ealing and Hounslow Councils are bidding for some of Boris’ “Mini-Holland” money.

Ealing Council leader Julian Bell will lead cyclists on a trip from Ealing to City Hall this week in support of the borough’s bid for a share of the Mayor of London’s £100million of funding to make cycling as appealing and accessible as it is in Holland.

The council recently submitted its bid for £38.5million of cycling projects. Proposals include major road and bridge improvements, segregated cycle paths, improvements to towpaths and a wider programme of cycle training and support for schools.

Ealing Council leader, Julian Bell said: “We want to convince the Mayor of London that we are serious about cycling in Ealing and want to build on the award-winning work we’ve already done to make it easier for residents to get on their bikes.”

Hounslow Council has also made its official stage one bid to become a ‘mini-Holland’, Councillor Colin Ellar, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We are already one of London’s biking boroughs but if we get the thumbs-up for our ambitious plan, it would revolutionise cycling in Hounslow.”

Hounslow’s bid features a re-design of Hounslow town centre to make it more cycle friendly, as well as realisation of the proposed ‘Cycle Superhighway 9’ as a cycling commuter route linking Hounslow to Hyde Park Corner via Isleworth, Brentford and Chiswick; an extension to the cycle superhighway to Feltham and to Heathrow; and cycle super hubs – which would secure bicycle parking at local railway stations.

Only four London boroughs will be chosen to receive a share of the money.

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