Transport for London (TfL) and British Cycling have entered into a formal partnership in order to “inspire more people to cycle and to promote enjoyable, safe and responsible cycling”.
TfL says that cycling in London continues to grow rapidly, with the highest ever levels of cycling activity recorded during a four-week period in July/August, 20% higher than the same period last year. Since 2001, there has been a 173% increase in cycling on the TfL road network.
A key element of TfL and British Cycling’s work will be to help new cyclists gain confidence by offering guided cycle rides for people at all levels, from beginner to the more advanced cyclists. The partnership will also aim to encourage people from all backgrounds into cycling, including women, disabled cyclists and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.
TfL and British Cycling aim to offer almost 10,000 places on guided rides across London in 2014, building on the 3,500 participants in 2013.
Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director for surface transport, said: “We are looking forward to working even more closely with British Cycling over the coming years. We’ve already worked together on some fantastic events and are pleased to be pooling our expertise to inspire more people to start cycling.
“This cementing of our relationship comes at a time when we are seeing more and more people using pedal power in London.”
Stewart Kellett, British Cycling’s director of recreation and partnerships, said: “British Cycling and Transport for London share the same goal of getting more people riding bikes and this partnership will help us to build on the progress of the last few years.
"Britain is now one of the most successful elite cycling nations in the world and almost seven million people in England are now regularly riding bikes for fun, for sport or as a form of transport. We want to use this inspiration to go even further.”