Cyclists in Havering are set to benefit from a £596,000 boost over the next three years thanks to a grant from Transport for London (TfL).
• £40,000 per year on training for adults and children so they are safer cyclists
• £19,000 for training van and minibus drivers how to be cyclist aware when driving
• £9,000 per year in grants for schools to encourage safer cycling among young people
• £57,000 per year to install cycle parking facilities at town centres across the borough.
• £34,000 per year working with Sustrans on the Bike-It programme it works in an area to encourage more parents and pupils to cycle to school
This builds on Havering’s existing programme to encourage more people to cycle includes training courses for pupils in local schools and training for adults, support for businesses wanting to encourage staff to cycle to work and the Sky Ride Local recreational ‘led-ride’ programme which offers fun community bike rides, led by qualified Ride Leaders, to encourage people to get more active.
Havering Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Barry Tebbutt, said: “Havering has miles of cycle paths and scenic routes through our parks and open spaces which often link with cycle lanes on our roads providing a network that can be used by cyclists heading to work or just enjoying exercise in the fresh air.
“This grant from TfL means we can continue our highly successful training programmes to encourage more residents to get on their bike and cycle safely.”
Havering Council Cabinet Member for Community Empowerment, Councillor Robert Benham said: “This grant includes money to provide more parking facilities in our town centres to encourage more people to cycle when doing their shopping or using local businesses. The Council already has a scheme so businesses with five or more staff may be eligible for free cycle racks if they encourage staff to cycle to work.
“TfL’s Cycling for Business pack provides lots of useful advice and information for businesses wanting to encourage more of their staff to cycle and this grant will help us deliver some of those schemes.”
Regular cyclist Danny Coyle, age 33 of Romford said: “I cycle to work several times a week from Hornchurch to Romford, so I’m glad to see money going towards training van and bus drivers to make them more aware of cyclists on the road. It’s a great way to get some exercise in by building it into your daily routine as well, so it’s good that there is also some money to encourage more people to ride to work.”