About the Go Cycle programme
By 2050 the population of the borough is expected to grow by 30 per cent. That's over 50,000 extra people, than there were in 2015, who will need to move around the borough.
Sustainable travel is key to accommodating that growth and ensuring the continued success of the borough whilst the spaces for travelling remain the same.
This is what Go Cycle is all about - keeping Kingston moving sustainably for a prosperous future.
The Go Cycle Programme
In 2014, we were one of just three local authorities, who won a bid for a share of £100 million worth of funding from the Mayor of London and Transport for London under the Mini-Holland Programme. A programme designed to encourage more people to cycle and improve safety while providing better streets and places for everyone.
With our allocation of over £30 million, we hope to relieve the pressure of a growing population on the borough's transport network by improving cycling facilities and road safety, while at the same time enhancing Kingston's public spaces.
It's under the 'Go Cycle programme', that Kingston's Mini-Holland work is taking place.
We have lots of innovative and exciting ideas on how we can use existing spaces to improve the connectivity, safety and cycling infrastructure between key destinations. These changes will benefit everyone and make attractive improvements to the borough.
The Go Cycle Programme aims to:
- prepare the borough to deal with future transport demands alongside a growing population
- relieve public transport pressures by supporting more sustainable travel choices and making better use of existing spaces
- encourage more people to cycle and walk by providing better and safer cycle links, footways and crossings throughout the borough
- provide additional public spaces and attractive features that will enhance the borough and improve existing ones
- improve the quality of life for residents by establishing better and safer links between key locations, such as community facilities, workplaces, shops, schools, attractions and open spaces
- create opportunities to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, in a cleaner environment
The Go Cycle developments
The programme is looking at a number of key routes and spaces across the borough where developments are proposed, along with a collection of smaller connectivity improvements.
Here's a summary of the main proposals:
- developing an attractive new public plaza outside Kingston train station with improved access and crossings, a significantly enhanced arrival experience to Kingston and new cycling hubs
- enhancing Kingston's riverfront with a Riverside Boardway that will improve access and facilities for the local community and visitors
- opening a large, bio diverse strip of private land to create a direct, non-motorised link from New Malden to Raynes Park
- improving the Kingston town centre ring road to make it a safer and more attractive gateway to Kingston
- improving key links connecting Kingston, Surbiton, New Malden, Kingston Vale and Tolworth
Key concepts across the developments are:
- creating and enhancing public spaces with attractive features and street furniture
- transforming cycling infrastructure and facilities, with protected cycle lanes, increased cycle parking and cycle hubs
- improving road safety with better and additional crossings
- improving facilities, access and connectivity for those travelling on foot and bicycle
Timing for the Go Cycle developments
The programme started in 2014. Our first route along Portsmouth Road opened in autumn 2016. There's a lot of work underway and we'll keep you up to date with details on where we're at with each project as it progresses. We are also working with the Mayor of London to develop more healthy streets in the borough and exploring opportunities for additional funding to develop schemes and improve facilities beyond the initial programme.
Find out more
You can find out more about each project: list of all Go Cycle developments.