Building the world's biggest cycle network
The Connect London Campaign is celebrating a significant step forward following the release of Mayor Boris Johnson’s new vision for cycling in London.
Elements of the Mayor’s announcement echo the Connect London plan which aims to see London become home to the world’s biggest cycle network by 2020.
The Mayor has proposed a ‘Quietways’ network which will deliver direct routes for cyclists on pleasant, low-traffic side streets.
Sound familiar? That’s because it is. You heard it here first.
The Mayor’s cycling vision is a fantastic step in the right direction. It’s shown that real progress can be made through committed political leadership that listens to the voice of cyclists and creates a long-term vision for cycling.
But now we want to see the Mayor’s plan rolled out on an even bigger scale than he’s proposed. Let’s keep up the pressure and call on Boris Johnson to build over 600km of ‘quietways’ by 2020 and give London the world’s biggest cycle network.
With your support we can continue to achieve great success.
What we want
Sustrans is urging Mayor Boris Johnson to build the world’s biggest cycle network by 2020.
Connect London calls on the Mayor to build over 600 miles (1000km) of safe, quiet cycling routes across the capital at a cost of just £10million a year – less than the cost of just one new underground train.
London is experiencing a cycling boom, with more people on their bikes than ever before. But while the number of people cycling continues to increase, many people still feel too unsafe to travel by bike.
We know there is huge potential to increase cycling levels but evidence shows that to help more people feel safe on two wheels we need to provide more continuous, safe routes.
If you look at other cycling cities around the world, London has some catching up to do. But we don’t want London to follow the leader – we’re asking London to be the leader. We want London to have the biggest cycling network in the world – a network like no other city has seen before.
What will change
Connect London will create quiet routes that provide all people – not just confident cyclists – with the opportunity to get on their bikes.
With over half a million journeys already made by bike in London each day, it will capitalise on the cycling boom and create a lasting Olympic legacy.
The London Cycle Network will:
- make London one of the safest and most liveable cities in the world
- improve the health of every Londoner, saving the NHS millions
- dramatically reduce London’s air and noise pollution.
What you can do
Act now. Please sign our petition for Connect London and urge Mayor Boris Johnson to build in the world’s biggest cycle network in London by 2020.