In a continuation from our previous article in regards to Kingston’s mini-Holland scheme to turn the area into a cycle friendly one, the first stage has officially been finished. Kingston Council’s £30m mini-Holland scheme was officially opened last weekend after the first phase of the cycling programme was completed.

The major works to transform the one-mile stretch in Portsmouth Road to include cycle super highways and improved pedestrian access has finally been completed after 15 months of work. Officially branded Go Cycle by the council, the scheme has been dubbed ‘mini-Holland’ for its European-style cycling tracks. The Portsmouth Road scheme is one of 10 routes on the programme to “help create healthy streets and change the way people in the borough travel”, according to the council.

The improvements completed include a two-way segregated cycle track from the town centre towards Surbiton and Elmbridge, increased pedestrian crossings and access to the riverfront and landscaping, seating and stone paving on the Queen’s Promenade.Works are also underway at Kingston station to transform walking and cycling links between the town centre, along with a segregated cycle lane on St Mark’s Hill.

A ‘family fun’ day was held on Saturday in Portsmouth Road to celebrate the completion of the first phase, it included face painting, a bike market, cycle rides and penny farthing displays. One of our colleagues was passing through Kingston and they said it looked to be extremely good fun!

Dakota cannot wait for the rest of the scheme to be completed, as we have said before, we think it’s a brilliant idea and positively benefit everyone in the area along with the environment. We have successfully found our old bicycle and have been practising… Tour de France here we come…!