London Mayor Cuts Cycling Funds

London mayor Boris Johnson is facing backlash for withdrawing money from bike route funds to rephase traffic lights, among other things. The move is less than effective for making London a "true cycling city," say critics.
November 29, 2008, 1pm PST | Judy Chang
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"Koy Thomson, the LCC chief executive, warned that hundreds of planned cycle safety improvements to junctions and local streets were now under threat.

'Cycle route funding for London boroughs has been slashed in half, undermining the mayor's plans to more than treble cycling levels in the capital. We are calling on the mayor to reverse the cuts and consult with cycling groups on completing the 500-mile London Cycle Network Plus across London.

'Slashing the funding for cycle routes means they will be left unfinished. This will undermine the mayor's flagship programmes such as the mass cycle hire scheme because people won't feel safe on the roads.'"

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Published on Friday, November 21, 2008 in Guardian (UK)
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