What are you doing to encourage more diverse people to cycle?March 10, 2020 0 COMMENTS
People from a range of backgrounds already choose to cycle and we want to make sure all Londoners feel they can do this as a way of getting around. As a healthy and relatively affordable mode of transport, cycling can benefit everyone.
We want people to feel that cycling is a normal everyday mode of transport they can choose to get to their nearby shops, cafés, schools and community facilities. By tackling people’s barriers to cycling such as a lack of safe cycling infrastructure, secure cycle parking, or not feeling confident on a bike, we hope to enable more people to cycle in future.
Our research tells us that the barriers to cycling, in particular road danger, are particularly acute for groups who are currently under-represented in cycling, such as women, children and BAME people.
Our investment in cycling is aimed at breaking down barriers felt by these groups. This goes beyond providing infrastructure and includes local initiatives to break down barriers to cycling in communities and promote cycling to more Londoners. For example, TfL funds London boroughs to train both children and adults to cycle, and we have targets for 33,000 children and 55,000 adults to be trained each year. They also have walking and cycling community grants, which funds community groups that help people walk and cycle more. This year grants awarded included to groups supporting homeless people, Muslim women and those with mental health issues.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.