Boris hands major cash boost to Croydon cyclists
An extra £450,000 is being poured into Croydon to help cyclists get into top gear.
The money is coming from London Mayor Boris Johnson and follows Croydon being granted Biking Borough status last year, clearing the road for it to start developing a local strategy to increase cycling opportunities in the borough.
Already in the saddle for Croydon is the provision of a 250-cycle parking area next to East Croydon Station and the introduction of cycling clubs at schools.
Councillor Jason Perry, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for transport issues, said he believed the new cycle park at East Croydon would be a major boost for cyclists.
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He said: “East Croydon is a major transport interchange. This will enable people to cycle to the station, pick up a train and get them into London quickly.
“This funding will help engage the local community in cycling, create better cycle infrastructure and make cycling safer.”
Mr Perry added that, in the longer term, Croydon remained keen to become one of the first outer London boroughs into which the Mayor’s bike hire scheme - at present restricted to central London -was extended.
Boris Johnson said the number of cycle trips in London had increased by 15 per cent over the past year.
The Mayor said: “The funding I am committing to Croydon will enable them to make the physical improvements that will make cycling safer and more convenient for local people.”