�280,000 to be spent on cycling improvements in Havering

Havering is riding high after being handed a chunk of cash from the Mayor of London to improve its cycle routes.

More than �280,000 will go towards cycle training for both adults and children as well as cycle activity days for younger children.

Cash will also help improve current biking routes.

More than �4m will be split between 13 so-called London ‘biking boroughs’, Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday.

He said: “My cycling revolution continues and I am determined to help more residents of outer London to take to two wheels. In the last year alone we have seen a 15 per cent increase in the number of cycle trips.

“The funding I am committing to Havering will enable them to make the physical improvements that will make cycling safer and more convenient for local people.”

The other biking boroughs are Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Redbridge, Brent, Ealing, Haringey, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Bromley, Kingston and Merton.

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Each of the authorities has pledged to put cycling at the heart of their local delivery plans with the aim of increasing the number of cycle journeys in their areas.

Research has shown that more than half of the daily journeys in the capital that could be made by bicycle are in outer London.