This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 22/10/2018.
Croydon’s version of Boris Bikes part of £9million plans to stop people driving
It is hoped the scheme will reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on roads to zero by 2041.
Plans to spend around £9million to improve Croydon’s transport network, including a cycle hire scheme similar to the Santader Cycles popular in central London, have been partially approved.
The three year scheme is hoped to increase the number of journeys made by foot, bike and public transport dramatically.
Money will be spent on resources for cycle-training, support for the rollout of a cycle hire scheme and new electric vehicle charging points.
It will also help delivering schemes which “create safer streets and increase walking and cycling to and from schools”, Croydon Council have said.
Officials hope the plans will reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the borough’s roads to zero by 2041. It is also hoped the proportion of journeys by foot, cycle and public transport are increased to 50 per cent by 2021.
The document, which sets out a programme of investment running into 2022, was approved at Croydon Council’s cabinet meeting last Monday (October 15), and will be reviewed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan before it is given the go-ahead.
According to the document, overcrowding on public transport will be reduced, and the efficiency and reliability of bus services will be improved.
It also goes into detail about the proposed dockless and electric bike share schemes.
“This will involve the successful introduction of a dockless and hub based bike share scheme that will include electric bikes (e-bikes),” the document says.
“The e-bikes, in particular, will help contribute to improving accessibility in areas to the south of the Borough that have hillier terrain and poorer public transport coverage.”
The proposed ‘Healthy Schools Neighbourhoods’ scheme will encourage children to walk and cycle to and from school, while the ‘Cycling Strategy’ will see work continued on the Cycle Quietway route to Sutton, safe cycle routes in parks and residential areas, and the secure cycle parking provision at train stations.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet member for environment, transport and regeneration, believes the investment will make Croydon a “safer and easier place to live”.
“Getting transport infrastructure right is a key step in helping Croydon achieve its ambitious goals,” he said.
“We want to improve transport across Croydon, investing in making it easier for everyone to travel by bus, cycle or foot. We are investing in improving journeys and making Croydon a safer and easier place to live, work and visit.
“The Mayor’s priorities set out how to help everyone make the most of London and we are committed to delivering healthier streets and sustainable improvements for Croydon.
“Our plans will help support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and will see road danger and traffic levels in Croydon reduced. It will also promote healthy streets and liveable neighbourhoods across the borough.”