Barking and Dagenham

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council has announced a dramatic increase in the number of cyclists in the borough. This comes as a direct result of the local Council’s and Transport for London’s funding and investment in cycling in the borough.

Local people have been taking advantage of improvements and upgrades to the borough-wide cycle network and initiatives aimed at encouraging more residents to cycle. This includes an in-depth cycle training programme, which is free to anyone who lives, works or goes to school within the boundaries of Barking and Dagenham.

The Council’s commitment to making the borough a haven for cycling has been recognised by Transport for London which has designated Barking and Dagenham as a ‘Biking borough’ and chosen it as a location for one of the pilot routes on the brand new TfL-funded Cycle Superhighway scheme. The Cycle Superhighway connects neighbouring local boroughs with each other, and most importantly gives cyclists a safe commuter route into the city.

Councillor Vincent, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “I am delighted that our efforts to make the borough friendlier to cyclists are encouraging more residents to cycle. Cycling is a cheap, healthy and environmentally-friendly
form of travel. We will continue to work with Transport for London to fund improvements to cycling facilities and initiatives in the borough."

The next step in the Council’s cycling agenda is to engage local businesses and work with them to help create work travel plans. These plans will be used by employers to promote smarter and healthier travel to and from work amongst staff, and in turn reduce congestion on the borough’s roads.

www.lbbd.gov.uk/cycling

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