London 2012 organisers encourage walking and cycling to venues

Active Travel programme set out. Cycle parking at every venue, bike maintenance at some. Routes to venues by bike revealed.
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Transport for London, alongside London 2012 organisers, has today outlined an Active Travel programme, designed to get those watching the games to arrive on foot or by cycling.

Transport for London has even predicted an additional one million journeys by foot and bicycle, per day, during the games.

Every venue playing host to an event is said to now have cycle parking installed, a total of 18,800 new spaces, while free cycle maintenance is available at the Olympic Park, Box Hill, Hampton Court, Hadleigh Farm and Brands Hatch. 7,000 of those cycle parking spaces are at the Olympic park.

Organisers have also compiled over 150 walks and 425 rides to an from the venues, compiled in a guide available to order (free of charge) here.

David Stubbs, head of sustainability, London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games said: “This is not just about providing people with an alternative to public transport for Games time, it’s about inspiring the UK to get active. The long term aim is to change people’s mindsets, to show them how simple it can be and what a great alternative way to travel it is.”

Hugh Sumner, director of transport, the Olympic Delivery Authority added: "A total of £10m has been spent enhancing 75km of East London’s paths through the 2012 Games Walking and Cycling Routes, a scheme conceived by charity Sustrans, funded by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and delivered by TfL and partners. Altogether more than £20m has been spent on routes, mapping and services, so that spectators may choose to cycle and walk to the Games.”

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