Kingston Receives Over Half A Million Pounds For Cycling Improvements

Kingston upon Thames has been awarded £515,160 to spend on cycling improvements in the borough.

The Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) divided £17.3m between the  London boroughs as part of the Borough Cycling Programme, which is aimed at promoting cycling and improving cycling safety.

Kevan McClair, Senior Communications Officer at Kingston Council, explained how the borough will spend the money: “It will go towards additional resources including cycle parking, HGV driver cycle awareness training and cycle safety measures around schools.”

One of the aims of the Borough Cycling Programme is to expand cyclist training. 

Mr McClair said: “Our popular cyclist training programme will be expanded to include more adults and young people at secondary schools.”

The money, which is part of the Mayor of London’s £1bn London cycling programme, will be made available over three years.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Making some of this money available directly to the boroughs will help ensure that cycling developments reach communities across the capital.”

Leon Daniels, from Transport for London, added: “All 32 boroughs and the City of London bid for, and received, funding though our Borough Cycling Programme to create more cycle parking, cycling training and driver training, all of which will help deliver significant cycle safety improvements.”

Kingston Council will release a more detailed account of how the awarded money will be used at a later stage.

The Borough of Kingston is currently also still in the running for a share of the Mayor of London’s £100m Outer London Cycling Fund (also known as ‘Mini-Holland’ Fund).

This money will be divided over three or four boroughs. The winners will probably be announced within the next few months.

Image courtesy of: Andy Drysdale/REX.

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