London Mayor Ken Livingstone announced today that recorded cycle journeys on London's key roads have doubled in the last five years from 59 000 in 2000 to 119 000 this year. This exceeds the current target to increase the levels of cycling by at least 80 percent over 2000 levels by 2010. There are now 650 000 Londoners who regularly cycle as part of a daily routine

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Livingstone said: "Cycling is the fastest, cheapest, most healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around London, which is why we are investing almost £20m this year to improve cycle facilities in the capital. The number of cyclists on our roads has doubled since 2000 and we’ve already exceeded our cycling targets five years ahead of schedule, on top of achieving a shift from car use to public transport. I will now be looking at setting tougher targets so we can continue to build on this success and encourage many more cyclists in London."

Jenny Jones, London Assembly member and a cyclist, said: "Things are different for cyclists now in London and that has led to a lot more people escaping the jams and crowds by jumping on their bikes. Countless Londoners have seen the rewards of cycling and many more are thinking about it.

"We need to convince all those people who have an unused bicycle sitting at home, that we are dealing with all the fears and hassles which cyclists used to experience. That is why we in London have made it such a priority to deal with bike theft, insufficient cycle parking and improving road safety. Cycling keeps you fit and is good for the environment, but we also want to show that it can be fun, too."

Tom Bogdanowicz, campaigns and development manager at the London Cycling Campaign, said: “The latest TfL figures reflect counts conducted by the London Cycling Campaign. Snapshot counts in Westminster and Islington show that the number of commuter cyclists has more than doubled in some areas over the past five years."

Transport for London has now started a campaign to encourage Londoners to keep cycling through the winter months. The campaign has a trade presence via South East powerhouse IBD chain, Evans Cycles, which is offering 20 percent off its four top selling winter items on the back of TfL’s promotion.

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