In the new Transport for London Health action plan cycling (along with walking) is seen as crucial to fulfill the objective of making London "healthier" and more eco-friendly.
Cycling is one of the most important features of the new Transport for London Health action plan. This is the first ever plan that will set out to improve the health of the people living in London.
The plan’s main aim is “to prevent some of our biggest health challenges including type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and some cancers.” The TfL also said to be “committed to improving air quality, reducing death and injury on London's roads, as well as encouraging people to be more physically active.”
Cycling is seen as key to achieve success, especially since “travelling by bike is a key outcome in The Mayor's Vision for Cycling” who’s main aim is “to double cycling in London by 2020 and to help grow the number of people benefiting from the health aspects of cycling.”
That is also why the TfL has trebled it’s spending on cycling “which is set to deliver £250m in health benefits each year.”
The area of London that will most benefit from this plan will be outer London, as a matter of fact outer London “will see an increase in spending from £3m to more than £100m, delivering the greatest possible impact through areas of concentrated high spending known as 'mini-Hollands'.”
Cycling though is not the only protagonist of this plan that is set to improve the health of the Londoners as also walking will be playing an important part in the plan: “we are also working to transform London to make it a city that is easier and more pleasurable to enjoy on foot.”
Pedestrians will also benefit from a number of new improvements: “A number of measures are being introduced to achieve this, including new and improved public spaces, better walking routes that link places people walk to, and more routes away from traffic.”
In the article released by the TfL London's Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy CBE explained how “Transport has a significant role to play in helping to tackle the major public health challenges our city faces. If we can make the environment and our public spaces more inviting, then that will also encourage people to be more physically active.”
4 billion pounds will be invested over a 10-year period that will make London’s roads more eco-friendly, safer and appealing for both pedestrians and cyclists to use as part of their daily commuting.