Transport for London (TfL) is investing more than £1 million in 2,000 new cycle parking spaces across the capital as part of plans to boost active travel.
Lack of parking is one of the main factors that deters Londoners from cycling, according to TfL, and it wants to encourage as many essential journeys as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic to be made by walking, cycling and public transport rather than by car.
This will help cut congestion and pollution in the capital and "reduce the risk of a car-led recovery", while also improving people's health and activity levels, TfL said.
Almost £1m has been awarded to 14 boroughs across inner and outer London, with around 900 of the new spaces to be delivered along routes that have been created or upgraded as part of the Mayor’s Streetspace programme.
A further 1,100 spaces across London will be created using a mix of different parking types, including on-street cycle parking, residential cycle hangars and new cycle hubs at Tube and rail stations.
In Enfield the investment will create new parking spaces at GP surgeries, helping people to get to appointments more easily by bike, while in Merton, Sutton and Kingston, there will be 514 new spaces across 37 schools.
TfL has also approved funding for the first time for two cargo bike cycle hangars in Waltham Forest for local businesses.
The hangars, located in Walthamstow and Wood Street town centres, will be able to store two cargo bikes each, which will help to give businesses in the area more sustainable options for moving freight and delivering services.
The rest of the funding will be invested by TfL to convert some temporary cycle parking spaces outside Tube stations into permanent cycle parking.
TfL will also invest some of the funding to create a new cycle parking hub for Hackney Central London Overground station, enabling more people in the area to access the station by bike.
This new investment in cycle parking builds on TfL’s work with the boroughs to deploy new infrastructure to allow Londoners to walk and cycle safely and easily during the Covid-19 pandemic.
More than 1,400 new cycle parking spaces have been delivered on the TfL road network since May through the Streetspace programme, in addition to more than 90km of new or upgraded cycle lanes that have been built or are under construction.
Penny Rees, TfL’s Head of Healthy Streets Investment and Delivery, said: “We’re committed to making cycling a safer and easier choice for more journeys in the capital and it’s vital that as many of these journeys as possible begin and end with a safe place to park.
"We know just how important cycling has been in enabling people to get around safely during the coronavirus pandemic and this new investment with London’s boroughs will benefit thousands of people cycling, building on our bold Streetspace work so far.”
TfL is working closely with London’s boroughs on plans for the next phase of its Streetspace programme, with more temporary cycle routes set to be delivered over the upcoming months.
TfL recently announced the opening of new cycle lanes in Greenwich and Chiswick, adding 5.5km of space to London’s growing cycling network.