The report by MVA consultancy on Brent's potential as a "Biking Borough" was published in July 2010. We have uploaded a compressed (.zip) version of the full report to our server, and you can download it from here.
Below you will find a couple of excerpts from the report, to give you an idea of its scope and conclusions.
What is a Biking Borough?
The Mayor has set a target of a 400% increase in cycling to achieve a 5% mode share by
2026. It is estimated that much of the potential for growth in cycling lies in Outer London
and the creation of ‘Biking Boroughs’ will be a key mechanism for achieving this growth in
cycling. The Biking Borough programme is part of a three-pronged approach to increasing
cycling, alongside the Central London Cycle Hire Scheme and the creation of Cycle
With the ongoing evolution of the ‘Biking Borough’ concept, the London Borough of Brent has
the opportunity to expand on existing cycling programmes in the borough, and to build on
the legacy of promotional events such as the forthcoming proposed Skyride event. This will
help Brent become an exemplar for Biking Boroughs at the forefront of a cycling revolution in
The key output of this study is to create a platform for step-change in cycling in Brent by
facilitating the creation of a trial Cycle Hub and the development of Brent as a ‘Biking
A full and thorough review of the baseline conditions that affect cycling in Brent has been
undertaken, to inform judgements on future proposals in terms of their likely success and to
put into context what is currently in place in the borough. This also allowed us to identify
gaps in provision of cycling infrastructure that could be addressed by the schemes
highlighted as part of this study. The key findings of this review were:
Vision & Objectives of a Biking Borough
What distinguishes a Biking Borough from any other London Borough is a focus of resources
and effort, political will and partnership working towards mainstreaming cycling across the
borough. Primarily a Biking Borough should contribute to the Mayor’s target for a 400%
increase in cycling trips to achieve a 5% cycling mode share by 2026. The study
investigates the potential advantages and disadvantages of creating new cyclists in hard to
reach groups, or encouraging existing cyclists to cycle more often. Our deliberations and
discussions with officers have resulted in the following Vision statement:
“Brent Biking Borough will maximise the opportunities for existing and aspiring
cyclists and work alongside health, education and safety & security partners to
bring about a significant increase in cycling”
9.5 The Biking Borough Programme
9.5.1 The short term goals of this Biking Borough programme are to commence delivery of the
Top 10 schemes as set out above and to focus investment in the Kensal Rise Cycle Hub, to
raise the profile of cycling in the borough and create a catalyst for change. From the outset
a clear governance structure needs to be established to create a sense of shared ownership
for the programme and to provide mechanisms for delivery. One of the early priorities must
also be to establish a monitoring and evaluation strategy utilising the data collected in the
baseline and the framework set out in Chapter 8.
9.5.2 In the medium term the Biking Borough programme should look to continue to support and
where possible expand the most successful schemes promoting cycling in the borough.
Wider stakeholder engagement should be maintained to ensure buy-in to the Biking Borough
strategy and to gain useful feedback on the approach. It is important that the initial success
of the Biking Borough programme is built on to maintain a momentum for continued
investment and the opportunity to gather in a wider pool of partners.
9.5.3 The Biking Borough Panel should have also identified ongoing priorities for investment and
should use attitudinal research and feedback from the public to inform this process. During
this period there should also be a refresh of the priorities of the Biking Borough and the
Cycle Hubs. Gaps in policy that have been identified through the baseline policy analysis will
also be systematically dealt with as these policies are reviewed. LB Brent should also look to
integrate with neighbouring Biking Boroughs, sharing best practice and potentially pooling
resources on cross-borough projects.
9.5.4 Looking longer term to 2026, it is hoped that the Biking Borough strategy in LB Brent will
create a step-change in cycling in the borough, leading to a critical mass of cyclists and a
mainstreaming of cycling throughout borough policy and activities. It is likely that there will
be a number of Cycle Hubs across the borough focused around areas where the most
potential to increase cycling lies. The Biking Borough strategy will also link in with key TfL
initiatives such as the proposed Cycle Superhighways to provide the best opportunities and
facilities for cyclists.
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