EALING Council put pedal to the metal this week to bid for £35million to help make the borough a 'mini-Holland'.
Council leader Julian Bell led a convoy of bicycles to City Hall in central London on Wednesday to deliver its bid, which puts forward the case for major investment in the borough's cycling infrastructure.
Mr Bell was joined by Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, leader for transport and the environment, and other experienced cyclists on Wednesday morning.
The council wants the Greater London Authority to grant £35m so the borough has cycling amenities on a pair with the Netherlands, well-known as a bike-friendly country.
Proposals for Ealing would include major road and bridge improvements, segregated cycle paths, improvements to towpaths and a wider programme of cycle training and support for schools.
Mr Bell said: “We want to convince the Mayor of London that we are serious about cycling in Ealing and want to build on the award-winning work we’ve already done to make it easier for residents to get on their bikes.
“Ealing has the potential and ability to transform the way people view cycling and make it an everyday form of transport just as it is in Holland.”
“We fully endorse the proposals set out in this bid for the borough to become one of the pilot ‘Mini Hollands’, and in this we have the support of our partner organisations, the London and Ealing Cycling Campaigns.
“Together, we know that Ealing has the potential and the ability to become a cycling exemplar in its own right and a place where mass cycling can be come a reality in a relatively short period of time.”