Eight of the 20 outer London boroughs – including Ealing – have gone through to the final stage of the Mayor of London’s competition to choose a small number of boroughs for “dramatic and transformational change”.
The three or four winners, to be announced early next year, will share £100 million to be invested in cycling improvements.
The shortlisted boroughs are Bexley, Ealing, Enfield, Kingston, Merton and Newham. Richmond and Waltham Forest are also shortlisted subject to addressing certain gaps in their initial proposals.
Ealing’s proposals include a cycle-friendly redesign of Ealing town centre and a special cycling “quietway” between Ealing and Southall.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘It’s fantastic that so many boroughs have embraced the idea of going Dutch. We’ve seen some really creative ideas – from a floating bicycle boardwalk to cycling super hubs – and they’ve all got huge potential to revolutionise how we get around on two wheels.’
TfL and the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner for London, Andrew Gilligan, will now work closely with each of the shortlisted boroughs to draw up more detailed final submissions. The plans will be assessed for their deliverability and the benefits they add for cycling. Each finalist’s political commitment and delivery capacity will also be examined.
Andrew Gilligan said: “Councils across outer London have stepped up to the plate and we are thrilled with how many want to redesign their town centres around cycling. There is enough money available to deliver dramatic change in the chosen boroughs, and make them places that suburbs and towns all over Britain will want to copy.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL said: “The level of aspiration in some of the Mini Holland bids has been truly eye-opening and this huge investment will transform town centres for cycling. With more than half of all potentially cycleable trips being in outer London, these plans will help further encourage more people to take to two wheels while also provide wider benefits to the urban realm, pedestrians and public transport in these areas.”
The mini-Holland programme aims to move significant numbers of suburban car journeys, which are often short and eminently cycleable, on to the bike.
Eighteen of the twenty boroughs applied.