Ealing Council wants to encourage a ‘cycling revolution’ in the borough and has outlined measures to make it easier and safer to cycle.
As National Bike Week from 16-24 June approaches, councillors have agreed a series of principles to encourage more people to cycle. These include:
- Supporting high-profile campaigns such as the Times newspaper’s Cycle Safety Campaign as well as the Love London: Go Dutch Campaign
- Creating cycle routes which are segregated or part segregated from other traffic
- Improving cycle links to town centres
- Improving cycle safety
- Increasing public cycle parking facilities
- Working with the police to tackle cycle theft
- Campaigning for further investment to be made available for cycling improvements.
As part of the council’s commitment to improve facilities for cyclists, a bicycle hub that will offer more secure, covered and well-lit cycle parking near Ealing Broadway station will open in July. The new cycle stand at Haven Green will be covered by CCTV and will increase the existing amount of cycle parking places available from 74 to 123. It will also include a separate folding cycle hire facility.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “I cycle to work most days and it’s a great way to get around. No more waiting for buses, delayed trains or sitting in traffic on my commute.
“Cycling is a fast, cheap, healthy and environmentally-friendly way of travelling. We want residents of all ages and experience to view cycling as an attractive and safe option.”
Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell is aiming to cycle 2,012 miles in 2012 as part of his Olympic ‘get set challenge.’ So far Cllr Bell has cycled more than 800 miles since early April.
He said: “I’m enjoying the exercise and fresh air and every time I pass a petrol station I’m reminded how much money I’m saving.
“We have already done a lot to encourage residents to take to their bikes and want more people to feel and be safe cycling on our roads.”
A series of Dr Bike Sessions, which help cyclists find out what may be wrong with their bikes and how to fix them, are being held to mark National Bike Week:
Saturday 16 June: Melbourne Avenue, West Ealing 2-5pm
Sunday 17 June, 12-3pm: Southall Park
Monday 18 June, 4-7pm: Greenford town centre, corner of Oldfield Lane and Ruislip Rd
Tuesday 19 June, 4-7pm: Haven Green, Ealing
Wednesday 20 June, 4-7pm: Hanwell Clock Tower
Thursday 21 June, 4-7pm: Acton Town Centre
Friday 22 June, 4-7pm: West Ealing
Saturday 23 June, 2-5pm: Southall Park
The council offers on-road cycle training for children and adults.
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