Ealing gets £622k for cycling improvements

Ealing has secured £622k for key cycling improvements from the Borough Cycling Programme.
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The money, which will be made available over three years, will enable boroughs to deliver measures to help increase the take up of cycling and make London more easily accessible and safe on two-wheels.

The Borough Cycling Programme will also see thousands of Londoners – young and old – benefit from bespoke cycle training, as well as around 15,000 drivers taking part in “Safer Urban Driver” courses across London. In addition, in boroughs such as Ealing, HGV drivers will be given specific cyclist awareness training to help reduce the number of accidents between lorries and cyclists.

Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport in the London Borough of Ealing, said: “We’re proud of what we’ve achieved in Ealing to make cycling safer, easier and more attractive. This funding has enabled us to build on these achievements with initiatives including vital cycle safety training for HGV drivers and cycle training for residents of all ages and abilities. It’s also made it possible for us to provide additional and safer cycle parking across the borough. Together we are making cycling more appealing in Ealing.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said; “As part of my Cycling Vision, we are engaging in a vast £1billion programme of improvements to transform cycling in London. Making some of this money available directly to the boroughs will help ensure that cycling developments reach communities across the capital. These local schemes will add to the innovative measures we’ve already announced, including enhanced cycling superhighways, urban ‘Quietways’ for more cautious cyclists, and turning some outer boroughs into mini-Hollands.”

Ealing is waiting on news of its Mini Holland cycling improvements bid, a copy of which can be found here: http://www.ealing.gov.uk/downloads/download/2548/mini_holland_cycle_bid