Hounslow Wants To Turn Into Cycling 'Mini Holland'
Council makes bid to become one of Mayor's biking boroughs
Hounslow will see a cycling revolution if the council receives the green light for up to £50million in investment for improving facilities for those on two wheels from the Mayor of London.
Speaking after the council made its official stage one bid to become a ‘mini-Holland’, Councillor Colin Ellar, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said: “We are already one of London’s biking boroughs but if we get the thumbs-up for our ambitious plan, it would revolutionise cycling in Hounslow.”
Hounslow is looking to become one of up to four outer London boroughs which will be chosen to become a ‘mini-Holland’ by the Mayor of London’s cycling Czar, Andrew Gilligan.
The aim is that the successful boroughs will work towards becoming every bit as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents.
Hounslow’s bid features:
Cllr Ellar added: “Hounslow is already a cycling borough with more journeys made by bike than most other boroughs in London.
“Although the competition out there is tough, if we get the green light from the Mayor, we can go from red to Dutch Orange!”
It is anticipated that a shortlist of boroughs for the mini-Holland funding will be announced in Autumn 2013, after which a more detailed ‘stage 2’ bid will be submitted.
Hounslow is home to some of the capital’s most enthusiastic cyclists, with 4.4 % of trips originating in the borough made by bike, according to TfL’s recent London Travel Demand Survey.
The borough will also host the Prudential RideLondon event on Sunday 4 August.
Hounslow was named the first outer London ‘Biking Borough’. ‘Biking Boroughs’ is a Mayor of London initiative to get more people cycling in outer London.
Hounslow hosted the first major Mayor’s outer London Skyride in August 2009.
July 11, 2013