Council wants to make a ‘mini-Holland’ in London with cycling on the Thames
A futuristic New York-style elevated cycle route over the Thames and a pontoon-style cycle path along the river are among ambitious ideas to make Kingston more bike-friendly.
A ‘Superskyway’ above the river from Kingston railway station to Hampton Wick, and a fixed 700m boardway from Anglers Green to Thameside are two of several possible projects in a bid by the local council for a share of £100million fund to improve cycling in the capital from the Mayor of London.
A spokesman for Kingston Council said: “The aim is to make the borough’s town centres ‘mini Hollands’, as cycle-friendly as Dutch equivalents, and to get more people of all ages and abilities cycling by creating local infrastructure that makes going by bike more appealing.”
Other ideas include a new traffic-free plaza outside Kingston train station, major cycle superhubs at with parking spaces for up to 6,500 bikes, and a Dutch-style roundabout at the Fountain in New Malden.
Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Transport, said: “Our plans are designed to make cycling more convenient, better connected and safer. We want to make cycling an everyday transport choice for people in Kingston, just as it is in the Netherlands.
“We’re proposing an exciting mix of iconic schemes and high-quality infrastructure as well as expanding our successful cycle training programmes and partnerships with schools, workplaces, and other organisations to create a strong cycling culture.”