The Go Cycle programme is now in motion in some areas of Kingston.
Healthy streets for London
The Go Cycle programme in Kingston comes as part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s healthy streets for London initiative.
Part of this initiative is to provide more spaces for walking and cycling, to enable Londoners to stop relying so heavily on their cars.
Kingston was one of three boroughs that successfully won funding for the Mini-Holland scheme.
As part of this, Transport for London gave Kingston £30 million to upgrade Kingston’s travel infrastructure and create a series of cycle routes.
Kingston’s growing population
A key factor behind the Go Cycle programme is Kingston’s population, which is growing on average by an extra 1, 500 per year.
A spokesman for the Go Cycle programme at Kingston Council, said: “Kingston is facing up to the challenge to ensure that as its population grows, that everyone can keep moving easily around the borough.
“We have to evolve Kingston’s infrastructure in a way that offers safe and reliable transport options that better meet residents’ needs, supporting their move to adopt cycling, while reducing polluting emissions and improving air quality.”
Transport for London
Kingston Council has formed a close partnership with TfL during the scheme.
TfL’s Director of Surface Strategy and Planning, Ben Plowden, said: “We’re proud to support Kingston’s efforts to transform the area around the station into a more attractive, accessible and people-friendly environment as part of our commitment to make streets in London healthier for pedestrians and cyclists.”
Whilst creating better infrastructure, the Go Cycle team at the council also aims to help residents understand how to best use the scheme, including such helpful features as the Dr Bike programme.
This is a team of cycle specialists who check bikes brought to them, provide security marking, and give advice on any work that may need to be undertaken, or provide guidance on any aspect of cycling.
Kingston Council provides cycling training to schools and adults on how to safely and confidently ride a bike.
Kingston Councillor Hilary Gander, said: “The Go Cycle scheme marks a real effort to help change the way people travel in Kingston.
“We aim to enhance a key transport gateway in the borough by providing new and improved crossings and safer cycling lanes.”