Around Ealing Spring 2014 - Page 30

CYCLING Moving up a gear There has never been a better time to get on your bike. Emilie Armstrong found out more about a landmark safety trial, a new cycle hub and upcoming events, plus plans to transform Ealing’s town centre into a ‘mini-Holland’. Mini-Holland Back in March, Ealing was named as one of eight London boroughs to receive funding from Transport for London (TfL) as part of the Mayor of London’s Mini-Holland initiative. TfL praised Ealing’s plans and said it would grant ‘substantial funding’ – which could be up to £15million – to deliver several of the key components outlined in the original bid. The design team is now working out the final details of the plans, which will aim to transform the borough into a friendlier and safer place for all people to travel by bike. New segregated cycle lanes throughout Ealing town centre are expected to form the basis of the mini-Holland improvements. A 20mph speed limit could also be introduced in the town centre, along with a cyclefriendly roundabout at The Grove junction and improved connections through to Haven Green. 30 around ealing Summer 2014 In Southall, a new shared pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Avenue Road and Merrick Road may be built, while cycle-friendly routes away from the main roads – known as ‘quietways’ – will also be created between Ealing and Southall town centres. Ealing Cycling Campaign is working with the council as key parts of the plans are developed. Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “Our miniHolland plans would revolutionise travel in Ealing by making it safer and more appealing for all levels of cyclists. We’ve worked exceptionally hard to secure as much funding as possible, and will continue to do so until our entire mini-Holland scheme is implemented.” Pending funding being received and consultation carried out, work on the scheme is due to begin in late 2015.