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Cycling mayor has chopped our bike budget in half!

PUBLISHED: 14:40 21 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

Dear Editor, THE London Mayor’s annual cash hand-out from Transport for London to town halls has been chopped in half. He has cut £10 million off the budget for cycle lanes and used the money to help fund a new £11m budget for traffic light re-phasing.

Dear Editor,

THE London Mayor's annual cash hand-out from Transport for London to town halls has been chopped in half.

He has cut £10 million off the budget for cycle lanes and used the money to help fund a new £11m budget for traffic light re-phasing.

This might well please a few motorists who want to get through traffic lights faster, but is a stab in the back for cyclists who were starting to see real changes made to road layouts, dangerous junctions and roundabouts, after years of waiting for more than a few painted lines.

The boroughs had bid for £38m to expand the London Cycling network and had expected to get £20m this year. Instead, they only get £10m.

What we needed was a Mayor with backbone to remove physical barriers to cycling. The cycling Mayor was meant to be on their side, but instead has now halved the funding for London's biggest cycling scheme.

Jenny Jones (Green Party)

London Assembly

City Hall

Queen's-walk, Southwark

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