The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has just announced a record level of cycling investment in London.
It amounts to £17 per head per year – a similar level to that spent in Denmark and parts of the Netherlands.
It is indeed obvious to many now, that encouraging and facilitating cycling in London is a key strategy to reach urban liveability and sustainability with positive outcomes for the environment, people and the economy.
As a Dutch living in London and cycling everyday to work, to shop, to go out or to visit each corner of this amazing city, Saskia can’t help noticing how easy, quick and cheap it would be to improve the cycling experience in London. This thanks to minor improvements in terms of street design and ‘cycling style’.
With the unique ‘ Dutch Cycling in London’s project, Saskia hopes to show with humour and visuals how little adaptations are – at least complementary and at most – potentially more efficient and inclusive than the big cycling projects going on.
The project is supported by The Academy of Urbanism, an organisation that brings together both the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners.
The Young Urbanist (YU) network includes students and early career professionals that are keen to develop their knowledge of the principles, techniques and processes of good urbanism.
Dutch Cycling in London’s project aims to disseminate a similar learning to the two annual cycling trips organised by the YU.
They have started a very useful process of understanding and promoting another way of cycling: a comfortable, practical, safe, fun, accessible and easy way.
Through taking part in the Small Grant Scheme of the YU, Saskia offers to play a role in making London a better place to live by helping the number of cyclists increase.
Her learning will be shared amongst other YU, members of The Academy of Urbanism and stakeholders in London’s world of cycling – through this dedicated website and the Academy’s social media pages.
Alongside informative articles, media and illustrations, there will also be a brochure published and an associated event organised.
This is to discuss possible actions to make some propositions real and to find ways to support the project for a longer period of time.