Since May 2022, the new Labour administration has been prioritising cycling and the importance of active travel around Westminster, including:
- Greatly expanding the Cycle Routes programme as the number of riders on the streets increase, working with TfL and Camden on Cleveland Street Cycleway and others to make temporary cycle routes permanent, ensuring they meet minimum safety standards.
- Continuing to grow the cycle hangar programme. In 2022, the Cycle Parking programme installed 50 new cycle hangars across Westminster, and a further 70 new hangars are scheduled to be installed by April 2023. Each hangar contains space for 6 bikes.
- In 2022, the council provided a total of 388 additional cycle stands across the borough, with plans being developed for 14 more sites across the borough in 2023. The council continues to search out locations for new on-street cycle stands and urge riders to ask where they want them
- By the end of 2022, the council provided cycle training to over 730 children and over 660 adults, with 51 maintenance courses delivered and 4,600 bikes have been repaired
- The council is launching the first E-Cargo bike rental trial scheme in March 2023.
The Council is currently consulting on the Cleveland Street Cycleway which includes:
- Segregated contraflow cycle lanes (where cyclists can travel two way on one way roads) and changes to facilitate protected cycling and to help cyclists get in front of general traffic
- New zebra crossings, pavement level crossings across junctions and the widening of existing crossings to slow traffic and make crossing the road safer for pedestrians
- “No loading” restrictions along Cleveland Street to make cycling safer and more continuous
- Changes to traffic signals to allow southbound cyclists to continue on Newman Street
- Introduction of two way cycling on Riding House Street and Nassau Street to create better local cycling connections through the area.