Biking Boroughs

The Biking Borough concept comes from the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy where it is one of three key prongs of the approach to cycling, the others being Cycle SuperHighways and Central London Bike Hire.

TI has been involved in five of the 12 ‘Biking Borough’ strategies that were funded by TfL at the end of the 2009/10 financial year.

  • The London Borough of Ealing contacted TI directly. In Ealing TI concentrated on:-
  • Encouraging the 24% Asian population to cycle
  • Tapping into Health and Sports sectors funding
  • A Cycle Skill Network Audit programme for Ealing’s priority areas
  • A cycling ‘hub’ based around a school
  • Comprehensive monitoring

In Haringey, TI worked with JMP and CTC, and undertook a great deal of consultation as well as background research using LTDS (London Travel Demand Survey) and other TfL data to put together a picture of current cycle use – who is cycling, where, when, and how to target future ‘markets’. A similar approach was taken in Merton and Croydon, where we led on the research into the LTDS data.

In all the boroughs TI led on the development of comprehensive monitoring strategies.

A key aspect of the Biking Borough data was the MOSAIC studies put together by Steer Davies Gleave for TfL. These profile small chunks of a borough into people ‘types’ according to their propensity for cycle or car/cycle use. This is a useful tool for choosing the priority areas to concentrate any cycling funding, i.e. those future ‘near markets’.

There is no new funding available to implement the measures recommended in the Biking Borough strategies. The effect of the strategies is to focus boroughs’ attention on how to channel existing funds towards cycling, especially since the new LIP funding arrangement is far looser than before. This means that boroughs have more control over where and how they can spend LIP funding, and can choose to allocate more (or less) to cycling if they wish. The Biking Boroughs’ strategies therefore form a crucial part of the evidence to back up this approach.
Not all of the Outer London boroughs bid for funding to develop the strategies, and not all the bidders were successful. So there are a number of boroughs who could well benefit from a more targeted, specific ‘Biking Borough Light’ approach that TI could provide at our competitive rates.

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