Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Bonkers Boris slashes cycle funding

From the Guardian

The Green party in the London assembly accused the Tory mayor of lacking "backbone" by putting £11.1m into traffic signals for London motorists while cutting the LCN+ budget.

Jenny Jones, one of two green party members on the London assembly, said Johnson's budget allocation would please motorists at the expense of cyclists.

"The mayor has cut £10m off the budget for cycle lanes in London and used the money to help fund a new £11m budget for traffic light rephasing. This might well please a few motorists who want to get through red lights faster, but it is a stab in the back for cyclists in London," Jones said.

"Local cyclists have spent the last three years working on schemes, often having to overcome the resistance of reluctant traffic engineers. What we needed this year was a mayor with some backbone and the desire to remove the physical barriers to cycling in London. The cycling mayor was meant to be on their side, yet he has now halved the funding for London's biggest cycling scheme."


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