"Lack of political will" to make cycling better in Bexley
PUBLISHED: 09:39 31 August 2011 | UPDATED: 10:27 31 August 2011
The Green Mayoral candidate has said Bexley Council does not have the "political will" to make cycling better in the borough.
London Assembly member Jenny Jones visited Bexley last Friday (26) where she was guided around by Bexley cyclists.
The Southwark resident criticised the lack of advance stop lines for cyclists at traffic lights together with the lack of cycle lanes.
She said: “It shows a lack of political will and lack of awareness of the value attached to cycling.
“Transport for London published a report about two years ago saying that biggest improvements for cyclists could be made in the outer boroughs. But Bexley hasn’t grasped this.
“We went on one cycle lane and it was patchy and faded. There are a lot of people who want to get out of their cars. “In Sutton, another outer London borough, it is happening with their Smarter Travel scheme. But Bexley hasn’t benefited from that.
“I am sympathetic to the fact that money is tight but if they want to make improvements, they will find the money.”
Ms Jones aims to go to every London borough to see what the cycling condition are like. So far, she said Camden has fared the best but said improvements can be made in all boroughs.
Cabinet Member for Public Realm and Community Safety Cllr Peter Craske, said: “Every year the council invests a huge amount of time and money in ensuring young people across the borough receive good quality cycle training and our half term cycle lessons are always popular. If Jenny Jones would like to see this for herself I would be happy to reserve a space for her on the next session.”