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Cycle parking 'needs more funds'


Call for secure parking for bikes

A lack of secure cycle parking is holding back Mayor of London Boris Johnson's aim of doubling the number of cyclists, a new report has claimed.

A survey of more than 450 cyclists by the London Assembly found that 77% rated bike parking facilities as poor.

The authors said this contributes to the 70,000 estimated bike thefts in London each year - and dissuades people from abandoning the car for two wheels.

Transport for London (TfL) said it would consider the report's advice.

The researchers found that although TfL has installed 53,000 cycle parking spaces since 2000, the number of daily bicycle trips has doubled over the same period.

'Soaring demand'

Mr Johnson has said he hopes bicycle usage will double again by 2025.

But the London Assembly's transport committee, which commissioned the report, warned the £2m he has earmarked for parking is not enough.

Labour Assembly Member Joanne McCartney, who led the investigation, said: "In virtually every area, from new residential developments to mainline stations, the situation was the same.

"There is not enough secure cycle parking in the right places to meet the soaring demand in London."

I have cycled all over London and I've never had any problems
Andreas Kambanis

She added: "Boroughs, TfL and the private sector need to work together to find solutions - or the wheels will come off the mayor's commendable aspirations to encourage more Londoners to cycle."

However Andreas Kambanis, author of the independent London Cyclist blog, disagreed with the findings and said: "I am quite surprised because I thought it was fine.

"I would rate London as one of the better cities for cycle parking.

"I have cycled all over London and I've never had any problems."

A TfL spokeswoman said: "We welcome the assembly's report and will carefully consider their recommendations.

"Since 2005, we have invested more than £10m in installing new cycle parking spaces across the capital.

"We plan to install 66,000 new cycle parking spaces in London by 2012 on top of the 70,000 we have installed since 2000."

Boris Johnson and Conservative Party leader David Cameron are among the politicians who have had a bicycle stolen in London.

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