How will building more cycle lanes help with London’s growing population?March 9, 2020 0 COMMENTS
By 2041 London’s population is expected to grow to 10.5 million people, generating an additional 5 million trips per day. This is equivalent to a car load of people moving to London every 40 minutes and will place significant additional pressure on our public transport networks.
The success of London’s future transport system relies upon using the space we have more efficiently, by reducing car use and increasing use of walking, cycling and public transport. A bike uses only one fifth the amount of road space as a car, making it the most efficient use of road-space aside from buses. One bus with average occupancy uses road space around four times more efficiently than cars; a fully-laden bus is 19 times more efficient than cars as a user of road space.
Many Londoners already travel more actively: every day, around 6.7 million trips are made solely on foot and 745,000 trips by cycle. However, it is estimated that almost 5 million journeys per day that could be walked or cycled are currently made by car.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.