• By London Councils

The Mini-Holland scheme is a programme of funding to transform three London boroughs into cycling hubs, equipped with high-specification, Dutch-style cycling infrastructure. Changes to infrastructure, including altering junctions, segregating cycle lanes and greater cycle parking provision will transform Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest into bike-friendly examples to the rest of London and the UK.

Applications for funding were limited to outer-London boroughs in order to stimulate growth outside of the city centre. Currently, outer boroughs see a large proportion of journeys that could be cycled being fulfilled by other means. It is hoped that these new areas of significant and extensive cycling provision will radiate out and encourage increasing cycling uptake around the Capital. 18 of the 20 eligible outer London boroughs applied for funding, exemplifying the movement towards greener, sustainable transport in London.

Mini-Hollands form a key pillar in the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling. Aside from benefits to cyclists, the scheme will improve public space, reduce vehicle congestion and public transport overcrowding and reduce pollution.

The Boroughs

The London Boroughs of Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest are the recipients of full funding for their proposals.

In addition to the three boroughs with full funding, other shortlisted applicants include Bexley, Ealing, Merton, Richmond and Newham all of which receive some funding towards their proposals.