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|Mayor Maps the Way for Cyclists
- Get on your bikes, Livingstone tells Londoners
LONDON MAYOR Ken Livingstone is to fork out UKP8 million for a publicity campaign to persuade more Londoners to get on their bikes.
On a day a report from a firm of property consultants rated London bottom of the European commuting league, Livingstone is keen to highlight the role bikes could play in the capital.
"Cycling is an integral and valuable part of London's transport system," Livingstone said. Currently 650,000 people use their bikes at least once a week, a figure the Mayor wants to increase by 25 per cent in the next few years.
That ambitious target might need to be met if London is to make any ground on other European cities as far as commuting goes. Property firm Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker's survey calculates that it takes the average London commuter 51 minutes t get to work, compared to 33 in Barcelona.
The first part of Livingstone's cycle awareness campaign are a series of new maps which show cycle lanes and quiet routes through busy areas.
"I believe the maps are a major step forward, highlighting how easy it is for Londoners to get around the city by bike," said Livingstone.