Sadiq Khan is doubling London's spend on cycling

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced that investment in cycling in London over the next five years will be almost double the amount spent under his predecessor Boris Johnson.

An average of £154 million per year will be spent by Transport for London (TfL) on cycling schemes up to 2021-22, compared with £79 million per year over the last mayoral term, Khan said.

He said this represented an average of £17 per head per annum and would be on a par with Denmark and the Netherlands, which have reputations for being strongly pro-cycling.

Sadiq Khan and Olympic Cyclist Chris Boardman
Sadiq Khan discussing how he'd improve cycling in London with Olympic cyclist Chris Boardman, on the campaign trail (John Stillwell/PA)

It means two new cycle superhighways - from Tower Bridge to Greenwich and from Olympia towards Hounslow - will be consulted on next year.

Three "mini Hollands" - the boroughs of Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest, earmarked for council improvements to cycling - and 20 more "quietway" routes for cyclists and pedestrians, will be planned or rolled out in a bid to make cycling safer in areas across London, including Hammersmith, Finsbury Park, Croydon and Barking.

The investment will also go towards a proposed new cyclist and pedestrian bridge linking Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.

Cyclists have been protesting for more to be spent on infrastructure (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Cyclists have been protesting for more to be spent on infrastructure (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Cycling groups welcomed the funding announcement, saying it would provide significant benefits to the capital.

The London Cycling Campaign said it was an "unprecedented" budget for cycling, which would help make London "a better, greener, healthier and less congested city".

National walking and cycling charity Sustrans commended the mayor for securing the investment to "tackle dire air quality" and make "more efficient use of our limited road space".

Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrives on his bike
Cycle superhighways were launched by Boris Johnson (Yui Mok/PA)

Khan said: "I'm delighted to confirm that TfL will be spending twice as much on cycling over the next five years, compared to the previous mayor.

"Making cycling safe and easier can provide huge benefits for us all - improving our health, cleaning up our toxic air and helping tackle congestion.

"Unlike the previous mayor, we will continue to focus on how we can minimise disruption and congestion as we push ahead with the construction of new cycling infrastructure.

"With record amounts of money now committed for cycling in London, we will continue to work over the coming months, developing further detailed plans for making cycling a safe and obvious choice for Londoners of all ages and backgrounds."