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12 Feb 2008 05:02:29

London mayor introduces low-carbon cycling scheme

London mayor introduces low-carbon cycling scheme
London mayor Ken Livingstone hopes to further reduce the city's carbon emissions by creating a new package of measures to make cycling a more accessible means for transportation in the city.

In addition to a new bike hire scheme to be made available in central London - with a total of 6,000 bikes available to rent in the city's centre at 300-metre intervals - which will become a fully-funded part of the city's public transport network, new commuter cycle routes are set to be developed in inner and outer London.

The mayor aims to have one in ten daily round trips in London made by bicycle, which would save an estimated 1.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

"The expansion of cycling and walking will help reduce our impact on climate change and reduce traffic congestion," he said, adding that more than 50 per cent of tube journeys in central London are quicker on foot.

"Around 20 per cent of the carbon emissions savings we've calculated we can make from transport by 2025 will come from changing the way we travel," Mr Livingstone added.

The London Climate Change Action Plan aims to cut carbon emissions in the capital city by 60 per cent by 2025.ADNFCR-1235-ID-18465056-ADNFCR

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