12 outer London boroughs to become Biking Boroughs

Boroughs to each receive £25,000 for local study into increasing cycle journeys.

12 Outer London boroughs have been selected as Biking Boroughs and will receive extra support and expertise from Transport for London (TfL) to encourage greater numbers of cyclists in their areas.

Boroughs including Barking & Dagenham, Croydon, Ealing and Redbridge will each receive £25,000 from Tfl to fund a local study examining how cycle journeys can be increased.

Research shows how more than half of the trips in the Capital that could be made by bicycle are in Outer London - a total of 2.4 million journeys a day, most of which are currently made by car.

Boroughs will develop plans which could include measures such as working with schools, the NHS, Primary Care Trusts and local businesses to promote cycling, installing more secure cycle parking spaces or improving junction layouts to make them safer for cyclists.

Director of Integrated Programme Delivery at TfL, Ben Plowden said: “There is enormous potential for the many millions of short trips made in outer London every day to be cycled.”

“Cycling has the potential to become a mainstream mode of transport in Outer London, helping to reduce congestion and emissions, and create more active communities and safer streets.”

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