Ealing creates cycling “hubs”

Ealing Council has announced the creation of ‘cycle hubs’ as part of its Cycling Strategy for the next five years.

The strategy aims to encourage more people to take to two wheels as their regular mode of transport. As one of Transport for London’s Biking Boroughs, Ealing Council say they will focus on “creating a local culture of cycling” and will introduce town centre “cycle hubs”.

Hubs are intended as places where ideas for cycling can be piloted and where resources can be targeted to increase cycling. Ealing’s cycling hubs will be located in areas where there are already a high concentration of cyclists. Lighting and bike parking will be improved at the hubs, which could be at Ealing Broadway, South Acton, Southall Broadway, Elthorne, Northolt or Greenford. The council say they will now work with key stakeholders to develop the cycle hub concept further and decide which of the locations to use.

The cycle hub strateg also involves extending off-road routes, building on existing cycle training, and highway engineering schemes to break down barriers which inconvenience or endanger cyclists.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Our aim is to treble the number of cycle trips by 2026 so we need to continue to break down the barriers to cycling and show people how convenient and safe it is.”

The hubs will be created with funds from TFL’s Local Implementation Plan.

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