Brent wins gold for promoting green travel

LRSC Brent award

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Brent Council’s efforts to promote walking and cycling in the borough have been recognised at the 2019 London Transport Awards.

The awards, supported by TfL, London Travel Watch and London First, ‘recognise excellence’ among the Capital’s transport initiatives.

Brent Council was named winner in the Excellence in Cycling and Walking category at the 2019 awards ceremony, which took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank on 7 March.

Cllr Shama Tatler, lead member for regeneration, highways and planning at Brent Council, said:

“I’m delighted that we’ve been recognised for our work in this area.

“It’s been a concerted effort to make it easier for people to choose cycling and walking over getting in the car.

“Brent hasn’t received the same funding as some other boroughs for investing in greener transport, which makes the results of our infrastructure and behaviour change programmes even more impressive.”

Statistics show the share of journeys made by bike have tripled in Brent since 2013, giving the borough one of the best scores of all Outer London boroughs.

Brent’s winning entry showcased the borough’s work delivering Quietway 3 – a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly route connecting Gladstone Park to Kilburn.

Brent Council says infrastructure investment has played an important role in making the borough more accessible for cyclists – with 6km of cycle routes delivered since January 2017 and floating bus stops which allow bicycles to bypass large vehicles safely.

The borough was also among the first to introduce Lime bikes, electrically assisted pool bikes that can be hired by residents and visitors.

The entry also highlighted Bike It Plus, a training programme which prompted an 85% increase in children cycling regularly.

13 May 2019