30 community groups awarded cycling grants
22 Jan 2019 01:39 PM
Cycling Grants London scheme funds projects to help under-represented groups take up cycling.
- Successful initiatives include training young offenders to become bike mechanics and encouraging hospital workers to cycle
Transport for London (TfL) today announced the latest Cycling Grants London winners as part of its ongoing commitment to encourage Londoners of all backgrounds to take up cycling.
Thirty local community projects across the capital have been awarded TfL's Cycling Grants London funding to help make cycling more accessible for everyone.
Latest figures show that just one in four (25 per cent) people from non-white or mixed backgrounds cycled at least once in 2017/18, compared to 37 per cent of people from white backgrounds. And just 15 per cent of people from non-white or mixed backgrounds commuted by bike at least once in 2017/18, compared to 40 per cent of people from white backgrounds.
Cycling Grants London funding particularly helps groups that are traditionally under-represented among those choosing the healthy and sustainable way of travelling. The winning projects stretch across London and range from schemes that train young people in bike maintenance, a project that encourages women working in hospitals to cycle, training for young offenders to become bike mechanics, cycling groups for disabled and homeless people and a cycle training and maintenance project for the Hindu Bengali community.
Since TfL's Cycling Grants London began in 2015, they have helped encourage more than 18,000 people to cycle. The programme is part of TfL's sustained investment in cycling to make it easier and more appealing. By breaking down the barriers to cycling and making it safer, TfL aims to diversify cycling and make it accessible to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
TfL is committed to increasing the number of women and diverse groups that cycle, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds and people with disabilities. TfL offers free Cycle Skills training to give people of all abilities the chance to improve their confidence on the capital's roads.
Where new infrastructure has been built to make cycling safer and easier, there has been a significant increase in cycling, including a 200 per cent increase on Lower Thames Street, a 124 per cent increase on Blackfriars Road and a 53 per cent increase in Whitechapel. The number of women cycling in London has increased four per cent in the last three years and since Quietway 1 was launched in 2016, the number of women using the route has increased from 29 to 35 per cent.
As part of his Transport Strategy, the Mayor has set a target to increase the proportion of people walking, cycling and taking public transport to 80 per cent of journeys by 2041. This will help tackle congestion and London's polluted air and make the city a safer, greener and healthier place.
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