Cycling is a healthy, clean, cheap and often quicker way of getting around the borough when compared to using a car. By switching trips from cars to bikes we help reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and reduce congestion - benefiting the whole community.
However we know that getting back onto two wheels after a long time and riding on London's roads can be daunting at first. That’s why we offer free cycle training for children and subsidised adult training (see related pages).
Our transport strategy (the Local Implementation Plan 2011-2031) has set a target to double the number of cyclists by 2026. In practice this means increasing the number of trips made by bike which originate in the borough from around 15,000 a day to 30,000. To achieve this growth there are eight distinct programmes which support cycling.
Hounslow Travel Active
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This programme seeks to identify up to 100 improvement schemes across the borough that can be implemented in tandem with the Highways Core Investment Period (2013-2018). By allocating funding in this way we should achieve significant economies by dovetailing improvements with asset renewal (e.g. resurfacing roads or repaving pavements). This will also help reduce disruption caused by roadworks.
We're developing a network of accessible routes for cyclists and walkers across our parks and open spaces. Routes delivered so far include new paths through Cranford and Avenue Park, Hounslow Heath, Lampton Park, Hanworth Park and Crane Park. Future projects include paths alongside the Longford River in Feltham, Gunnersbury Park and a new route through Pevensey Nature Reserve. For more information please see the Greenways section of the delivery plan in our new transport strategy.
School travel planning
We're working with all schools in the borough to promote cycling to pupils, staff and parents. This often includes improving cycle routes around schools (or introducing 20mph zones) and improving cycle parking. For more information visit our school travel plan pages.
Business travel planning
We're keen to work with businesses to promote cycling to those who work in the borough. We have provided funding towards improved facilities (particularly cycle parking) and given out free promotional materials for handing out to staff. If you would like to find out more please email some details about your workplace (location, number of employees, nature of work) to email@example.com.