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.
Cycle confidence training
We want everyone in Hounslow to try cycling, so we are offering a free cycle training session for anyone living in Hounslow. Our cycle training scheme offers you a two hour one-to-one session with a cycle instructor to help build your confidence on a bike. Your instructor will also offer you personalised route planning, a free service to your bike, and advice on how to build cycling into your existing travel routine. For more information or to sign up, email email@example.com
Alternatively, if you are interested in a cycle course or group training sessions, take a look at the cycle training for adults and families page in the related pages.
We also provide free cycle training for children, delivered in schools, see the related pages for more information.
Hounslow Travel Active
To keep up to date with walking and cycling events in Hounslow, follow Hounslow Travel Active on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our monthly newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's bike club
Hounslow has a women's bike club which meets every week for group rides, training, and bike maintenance sessions. The club meets every Tuesday from 6pm to7:30pm at the Civic Centre, and is suitable for all abilities, including absolute beginners. Loan bikes are available for the sessions if required.
Cycle Superhighway 9 (Hyde Park to Hounslow Town Centre)
A new exemplar cycle route is being designed, which will run through the spine of the borough, linking Chiswick, Brentford and Hounslow town centres. We're working with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that the route provides the best possible experience for cyclists. Following the launch of the Mayor of London's Vision for cycling, TfL is reviewing the alignments and delivery timescales of all cycle superhighways. We are awaiting information on how this impacts CS9 within the borough.
Hounslow was the first of the Mayor of London's Biking Boroughs, following our successful hosting of the first outer London Skyride in 2009. This programme provides funding for a number of projects to promote cycling across the borough, but concentrated on our cycle hub area of Isleworth and Brentford.
Improvements already delivered include:
New cycle access to Tallow Road/Market Place
A new access for cyclists through St Pauls Recreation Ground
Improvements to the segregated cycle track along Mogden Lane, and a new route along Whitton Dene to link this to Glen Walk
A new access for cyclists at Bridge Road/Woodlands
Hundreds of new secure cycle parking spaces on residential estates
Continuation of the Bike It initiative within schools
Coming soon will be:
A contraflow cycle lane at St Pauls/Half Acre
A trial of a Brompton Dock cycle rental system
More secure cycle parking spaces on residential estates
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, numberof employees, nature of work) to email@example.com.
We have submitted a funding bid to TfL to become a mini-Holland borough, if successful this would secure additional funding to invest in high quality cycle infrastructure. In total £100m is available to outer London boroughs, with between one and four boroughs to be selected later in 2013. Watch this space for more information.