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Borough scoops cycling infrastructure award

by Marco Cillario Fri 21 October 2016, 10:52 am

Waltham Forest Council has won an award for its work on a scheme to improve cycling infrastructure in the borough.

The council was among the winners at the National Cycle Planning Awards on 23 September.

The ceremony at Glaziers Hall in Southwark saw the borough’s Mini-Holland programme win in the ‘Best Cycling Network Strategy’ category.

Implemented thanks to a £30 million funding granted by former mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2013, the programme established a network of cycling areas in Walthamstow town centre and surrounding villages, along with segregated cycle tracks on the Lea Bridge Road superhighway.

Cycle routes, connected to the main Walthamstow scheme, were also set up in the town centres of Leyton, Leytonstone, Highams Park and Chingford.

“The Mini Holland programme is all about making our streets safer for everyone and encouraging more sustainable modes of transport, and it’s great to see the progress we have made being recognised,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment.

The Mini-Holland programme owes its name to the fact that cycling represents 27% of all trips in The Netherlands, and the country is widely considered a model for bike-friendly infrastructure, planning and laws.

Along with Waltham Forest, two other boroughs, Enfield and Kingston, were selected to benefit from a slice of a £100 million fund from the mayor of London.

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