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Bexley pedals forward on mini-Holland plans

PUBLISHED: 10:22 27 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:22 27 June 2013

L-r: council leader Cllr Teresa O'Neill, the Mayor's cycling czar Andrew Gilligan, Matt Winfield and German Dector Vega from Sustrans and Kat McKinlay from the Greater London Authority

L-r: council leader Cllr Teresa O'Neill, the Mayor's cycling czar Andrew Gilligan, Matt Winfield and German Dector Vega from Sustrans and Kat McKinlay from the Greater London Authority

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Plans to make Bexley a mini-Holland have moved a step closer to fruition after the council presented its visions to the Mayor of London’s cycling czar Andrew Gilligan.

Also present at a meeting in Bexleyheath to promote the Mayor’s cycling vision were transport organisation Sustrans, Transport for London and the Greater London Authority.

Bexley presented a cycling vision to Mr Gilligan and his colleagues which incorporated the creation of a clear, safe and direct network of cycle paths reflecting the journeys that people often make and looking at ways to overcome any barriers.

Council leader Cllr Teresa O’Neill said: “It was great to meet Andrew and talk him through our plans.

“We told him that if the Mayor is serious about getting more people cycling, then Bexley is just the sort of place he should be targeting.

“We are excited about the opportunities this funding could provide, not just for cyclists but for everyone in the borough, since our ideas are planned to benefit a wide range of people and businesses.”

The council is now preparing an outline bid to try and generate funding which has to be submitted by July 5. If this is successful a final bid will be submitted later this summer.

Successful projects are due to be delivered as part of a five-year programme starting in 2014.

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