London Biking Boroughs

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sallyhinch
London Biking Boroughs

Interesting article on Road.cc on money for outer London Boroughs for cycling http://road.cc/node/31117

I’ve emailed it to my sister so she can find out what Enfield is doing, if anything. It would be interesting to see how the money gets spent – as they say £4m could provide 100km of quiet cycling routes, or it could provide bike parking or lorry training. Unfortunately the bids have to be in by 31st March so there isn’t much time to influence the selection. Worth a shot for anyone in one of the relevant boroughs though

Joe

I’d like to hear Green AM Jenny Jones comment — this week she submitted a question for next week’s Mayor’s Question Time asking him again if he would provide funding for the biking boroughs:

http://mqt.london.gov.uk/mqt/public/question.do?id=35238
http://twitter.com/#!/greenjennyjones

I’ll ask her.

Previously the “biking boroughs” funding was just about enough to pay for one full-time member of staff for each borough — but not enough for a borough to actually do anything. To be fair, I think that was the point — the biking boroughs have had a year and £25k in order to prepare ideas — now they have a few pennies to spend on implementing them.

£4m is about enough to rip up four existing bike paths ;)

It’s about 0.6% of the cost of the five mile M74 extension into central Glasgow, and about 0.08% of the cost of the current M25 widening farce — less than 1% of the overspend on that project alone.

Jenny Jones has been pestering the mayor for ages to provide the £60m needed to complete the London Cycle Network: http://waronthemotorist.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/utter-tripe-in-the-oute...

Joe Dunckley

sallyhinch

is the cost of 7.5 kms of Dutch-style cycle superhighway (emphatically not the same as the London ones!). Can’t find figures for costs of more traditional urban paths though. The Cycling Demonstration Towns spent £18.7million over three years (approx £10 per head per year), so it would be interesting to see what the comparable figures for the London boroughs would be.

AKA TownMouse

Joe

I’m too lazy to work it out exactly, but population of the boroughs is between 150,000 to 350,000, so I guess about 50p per person per year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_districts_by_population

Barking & Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Haringey, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton and Redbridge

Joe Dunckley

Joe

Oh no, I gave in.

http://waronthemotorist.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/our-friends-in-outer-lo...

It’s 42p per person per year for three years.

Joe Dunckley

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