London workers could soon be enjoying the tranquil greenery surrounding their offices when a new Greenway scheme springs into action.
Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London are investing a further £1.3 million into improving pathways, roads and green spaces in the capital.
Johnson said: “We have a treasure trove of small parks and paths in our city that have been simply crying out for a little extra attention. By spending money on these schemes we can improve access to some of the most beautiful parts of the capital”.
Almost £220 million will be pumped into the plans across three years.
Today, the Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock officially opened the Greenway scheme in Beckenham Place Park. The half-mile path will make it easier for cyclists and pedestrians to walk through the park area.
Seven other projects have been started, which will run though London’s forgotten scenic areas. The Mayor wants to make London more cycle friendly to allow more residents to use their bikes around the city.
Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor’s transport advisor said: “We know that one of the barriers to people cycling is traffic so routes such as Greenways provide a great way for people to try out cycling in a comfortable environment while also bringing formerly disused or underused spaces back to life for Londoners to enjoy”.
Director of Sustrans in London Carl Pittam said: “We know that people are often willing to make local journeys in healthier, more environmentally-friendly ways if there are safe and attractive places to do it in”.