Welcome to the official City Hall blog about London cycling and welcome to everyone from me, Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor's so-called cycling czar. I asked for a uniform, preferably with epaulettes, but they said no. Slightly embarrassingly, there isn't even an official picture of me on a bike yet - hence the lovely bookshelf shot. What we have got, however, is quite a lot of money for cycling. And this week, the Mayor will announce how he's going to spend it.
Our new strategy, "The Mayor's Vision for Cycling in London," will be launched by Boris and the Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy, on Thursday, March 7th. As with a lot of these things, you get too wrapped up in them to be entirely objective. But the people I've run some of our ideas past seem to be quite pleased. From Thursday, you'll be able to judge for yourselves - the document will be downloadable here from late morning.
Will it give cyclists absolutely everything they want? No. Will it turn London into Amsterdam any time soon? No. It took 40 years to turn even Amsterdam into Amsterdam, with the kind of cycle facilities it has now. But it will, I think, represent a real shift in our ambitions for the bike.
A lot of people have worked on this - the Mayor and Transport Commissioner, both of course keen cyclists themselves; Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport; me, also a cyclist; and a very large number of people at TfL who will be delivering it.
This blog, I hope, is where we all get to explain what we are doing, and sometimes perhaps why we can't do things.
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