Redbridge Council bidding for £100million funding to transform into ‘mini-Holland’ for cycling

Redbridge could become a “mini-Holland” for cyclists if granted part of £100million funding towards bike-friendly investments.

Redbridge Council is launching a bid for the funding, which will go to up to four outer London boroughs.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said the “transport makeover” would benefit everyone.

He added: “Boroughs shouldn’t worry if they haven’t done much for cycling before. It is the future we are interested in, not the past.”

In 2011, 60 cyclists were hurt in road accidents in Redbridge out of 4,497 casualties across London.

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Funding would go towards improving road safety for bikes by redesigning town centres, building new bridges across roads and railways, changing difficult junctions and creating new cycle routes.

The move also aims to promote cycling and reduce traffic, pollution and parking problems.

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