December 10 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
A New York-style elevated cycle route over the Thames and a cycle path along the river in Kingston could become reality after the plans were shortlisted for a share of £100million.
It is one of eight boroughs picked to go through to the final stage of the Mayor of London’s competition to come up with ideas to create bike-friendly ‘mini Hollands’ in the capital.
Kingston’s proposals to make its town centres as cycle-friendly as their Dutch equivalents include a ‘Superskyway’ over the river from Kingston railway station to Hampton Wick.
It also submitted proposals for a fixed 700-metre boardway along the river, and cycle superhubs at Surbiton and Kingston railway stations and Kingston town centre, with parking spaces potentially for up to 6,500 bikes.
Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner for London, and Transport for London will visit the south London borough to discuss its vision in more detail.
Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Transport, said: “This is great news. We are very encouraged by the response to our plans.
“There is a lot more work to do now to develop and fine-tune our proposals. We want to make cycling more convenient, better connected and safer to make going by bike appeal to many more people.”
A final decision on which councils will receive funding is expected early next year, for more details about the Mayor’s Cycling Vision click here.