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13.09.12

H&F increases cycling rate by 43%

A cycling scheme in Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F) has helped boost its cycling journey rate to among the highest in London.

Training initiatives, road improvements and the creation of new cycling paths has led to the increase, with cycling up 43% over the past eight years. Around 7% of residents now cycle to work, a percentage expected to grow.

The borough has been working with TfL to develop a training scheme, Changing Places, where both cyclists and lorry drivers attend a course on awareness and safety.

Additionally, 94 extra cycle parking stands have been installed, and there are proposals for two new cycle ‘superhighways’ to be built in the area.

Cllr Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, H&F council’s cabinet member for transport and technical services, said: “We are encouraging more people to get on their bikes by improving roads, cycle paths and cyclist safety. Our schemes are innovative and interesting, and this approach has proved incredibly successful – so much so, that we see some of the highest cycling rates in London here in H&F.

“We have more to do, however, to further improve cycling in the borough and to make sure cyclists feel confident and safe on our roads, but we will continue to do as much as possible to balance the needs of cyclists with other road users and pedestrians.”

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