Merton set to make cycling vision reality

Merton Council is making progress towards its vision of becoming a cycle-friendly borough thanks to funding that it has been awarded this week.

Following the council’s bid to the GLA’s mini-Hollands scheme last year and the announcement that the borough will benefit from the funding pot, The Mayor of London and Transport for London’s (TfL) have awarded the borough £200,000 towards improving cycling conditions in Wimbledon Town Centre as part of its Local Implementation Plan (LIP).  The council will look at the best ways to spend this funding to make 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.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “We are very pleased to be benefitting from this funding and are committed to making cycling safe and convenient for everyone. We will be looking at a range of options to provide an excellent cycling infrastructure in Wimbledon that complements the needs of all our road users. We will also be speaking to residents and businesses about our ideas and what they would like to see as part of our cycling plans for Merton.”