Boris Johnson explained his vision of how Great Britain should be made into a bycicle-friendly country to Cycling Weekly.
In an interview with Cycling Weekly the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said that he wants to make “Britain a great cycling country.” He also explained how there should be a “national network of major cycling routes, including one alongside the HS2 rail link.”
Johnson was inspired by Chris Boardman’s speech, which was held at city hall the other day “I think Chris Boardman’s speech was totally inspiring. We should turn Britain into a great, great cycling country.”
At this point Johnson outlaid his idea of a cycling route running next to the HS2 rail link “Is there a cycle track up the side of HS2 and if not why not? If we’re doing this thing [HS2] then let’s have a beautiful new cycle superhighway all the way up from London to Birmingham.”
Talking about the creation of cycle routes, the Mayor of London explained, “I think there should be a network of major cycle routes. At the moment if I want to cycle to Oxford, which is a lovely route through the Chilterns, there’s no clear route.”
Cycle routes are only a small part of Johnson’s vision on cycling, as he would also like to see cycle motorways constructed in Great Britain “There should be a beautiful cycle motorway, and the same to Brighton, to everywhere. There should be clear route, and you’d generate employment, you’d generate thousands of jobs building these things, you’d save on road congestion, people would love it.”
The flamboyant Mayor wasn’t the only protagonist at City Hall as also Chris Boardman’s words captured the attention of the public. His speech centred on how cycling improvements in London could “change the entire country” for the better.
London seems to be the starting point for the whole of the United Kingdom because, according to the Boardman, “This city could change the entire country by setting an example.”
There was also a chance for a tip by the former Olympic champion “Take the bold decisions, make those bold choices, make cycling the easiest option for the man on the street and you will look back and be proud of the decisions you made.”
Kingston, Waltham Forest and Enfield have won the ‘mini-Holland’ bid and will receive £30 million each to invest in their projects of ‘Dutch-style infrastructures’.
Transport for London (TfL) will be working with Bexley, Ealing, Merton and Richmond on ‘substantial parts of their bids’.
As explained by Cycling Weekly, Kingston proposed a floating cycleway on the Thames, that is going to be called the Boardway as well as a Thames Railside Bridge that is going be attached to an existing rail bridge. A Dutch-style roundabout will be introduced by Edmonton, plus the removal of ‘through traffic on its high street’. Walthamstow will instead have both a Cycle Superhighway and ‘Dutch-style home zones, with removed rat running to help create quieter, safer streets.’
Talking about Outer London, which has a totally different transport situation than central London since it doesen’t have the same Tube service, Johnson said: “Outer London is where the real growth potential is.”
Especially because “In outer London you’ve got all these people pointlessly getting into their cars for very short journeys when they would enjoy their lives more, they would be happier, they would be full of endorphins, they would be in a good mood, full of good ideas if they got on a bike.”