Merton Council remains determined to make its vision of becoming a cycle-friendly borough a reality.
The council is set to still benefit from the GLA’s mini Hollands funding pot, following an announcement today, and will look to spend any extra funding it receives on making cycling as safe and convenient for everyone, including children and families, as it is in the Netherlands.
Ideas the council will continue to develop with residents and businesses include installing segregated cycle lanes, cycle priority at busy junctions and rejuvenating existing underused alleyways to link up different parts of the borough with cycle ways.
Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “Andrew Gilligan told me that he was impressed with our bid and that it had a lot of potential. Naturally we are disappointed at not gaining full mini Holland status, but we are very pleased to be part of this huge programme and to be benefitting from the funding available. We are still working to ensure safer cycling provision is embedded in the council’s regeneration schemes in Morden, Mitcham and Colliers Wood. Any extra funding we receive from the GLA will help us with progressing this and we look forward to discussing our potential scheme with Andrew Gilligan and Transport for London.”