Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) new Walking and Cycling plans
published today give details on how £11.5m of investment will
enable 385,000 spectators to “ride or stride” to the Games in
2012. The plans will also leave behind a legacy of permanent
improvements to key routes between sporting hubs, thereby encouraging
more people to walk and cycle to events in the future.
ODA’s investment will see two new walking and cycling paths created
and six more significantly improved. The new cycling paths will
stretch from Finsbury Park to Victoria Park, where 5,000 new bike
spaces will be provided for Games-time use, and from Epping Forest
and the Wanstead Flats to Stratford.
Chairman John Armitt said: “London
2012’s aim is for 100% of spectators to get to the Games using
public transport, walking or cycling. The ODA is investing more
than £11.5m to make walking and cycling more attractive options
for spectators, as well as leaving behind a positive legacy of eight
new or improved off road walking and cycling routes.
a good walking and cycling experience for people during the Games
could see more people choosing this travel option afterwards.”
of London, Boris Johnson, said: "The
reinvigoration and extension of these walking and cycling routes
will hugely increase the attractiveness of travelling to the
Games venues in the most healthy and environment-friendly way
infrastructure will leave Londoners with the legacy of some
fantastic new green ways of getting about the city, to be
used and enjoyed by walkers and cyclists for decades to come. The
project also chimes with my Mayoral priority of stimulating a
cycling revolution in the capital, which by 2012 will be well and
truly underway with thousands of hire bikes and new cycle
super-highways complementing these routes."
Minister Paul Clark said: “I
want to see more and more major events take the lead in sustainable
transport. This important investment by London 2012 will not
only benefit those visiting the Games, but also the huge number of
cyclists in London.
spectators and Olympic Park workforce to use sustainable and active
transport options to get to sporting and cultural events will help
achieve the goal of making London 2012 the first sustainable Games
and help inspire the rest of the country to try leaving the car
Walker, Chair of London 2012 Active Travel Advisory Group said: “Walking
and Cycling groups are working together through the London 2012
Active Travel Advisory Group to make sure that all Walking and
Cycling projects are integrated into the delivery of the Games.
success will be measured not just by who is active during the Games,
but by how many more Londoners choose to “stride or ride” in the
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