13 September 2011

Westfield Stratford City - open for business!

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today opened the new Westfield Stratford City - Europe's biggest shopping development which will create 18,000 new jobs.

Tens of thousands of eager Londoners streamed through the doors of the new Westfield - a sister complex of the hugely successful west London centre and which forms a central part of the massive regeneration of east London ahead of next summer's Olympic Games.

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Categories: jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport | Tags: Olympics, Stratford, Westfield

04 September 2011

That really was a cheap shot

In a letter published in today's Observer, the Mayor of London makes clear that it was not his decision to exclude shooting events from the Get Set Ticketshare programme for schoolchildren:

I'm writing in response to your report that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic shooting events would be excluded from the Get Set Ticketshare scheme.

I am happy to clarify that this story was based on inaccurate reporting of my position. I do not support a ban on tickets for shooting or any other Olympic or Paralympic sports. This decision was taken by the London 2012 Organising Committee (Locog) following consultation with teachers.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport, youth | Tags: Get set, London 2012, Olympics, Paralympics

02 September 2011

Join the Mayor's Sky Ride

Join Mayor of London Boris Johnson for this year's central London Sky Ride this Sunday, 4 September.

Last week, the Mayor unveiled details of this year's 11.6km central London Sky Ride route which will take tens of thousands of cyclists past some of the capital's most iconic buildings.

The traffic-free streets will put cyclists closer to the London Eye than ever before, with the circular route running across Westminster Bridge, before looping back up past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, up the Mall, out onto Trafalgar Square, down through Whitehall and out onto the river views of The Embankment. The route also passes St James’s Park, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and London Bridge.

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Categories: Get Involved, London, sport | Tags: Cycling, Get involved, Sky ride

01 September 2011

Share your views on London

By Boris Johnson

A pretty great Londoner (William Shakespeare) once asked: 'What is the city but the people?' before answering: 'The people are the city'. London is the best big city in the world largely because of the people who live in it - you. That is why we want to know how you would take it forward.

As I hope you can tell from this questionnaire we are very proud of what we have achieved over the last three of years. For instance, we froze the Mayor’s share of council tax making taxpayers’ money go further than before. And we have ramped up the fight against crime which is now down by 9% making London the safest it has been for a decade.

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Categories: crime, environment, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Get involved, Share your views, Survey

01 August 2011

Hillingdon Sky Ride

Thousands took to Hillingdon's traffic-free streets this weekend during the Mayor's first London Sky Ride of 2011.

7,000 cyclists joined TV presenter Jeff Brazier, the Mayor of London’s environmental director, Kulveer Ranger, Paralympic Champions Sarah and Barney Storey and Team Sky’s Greg Henderson, while many more people came out to cheer on riders of all ages and abilities. The 9km route, taking in some of the area's best known landmarks including Barra Hall Park and Hayes Town Centre, was organised jointly by the Mayor of London, Sky, British Cycling, Transport for London and Hillingdon Council. The day marked the first of three Mayor of London Sky Rides in 2011, including a central London event on Sunday 4th September.

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Categories: London, sport | Tags: Cycling, Hillingdon, Sky ride

28 July 2011

One Year to Go!

Last night was the official one year to go to the start of the Olympics in Trafalgar Square. A few mates and I went down there to get out Boris's record on delivering London 2012 on time and on budget. The Games mean a lot to us so we wanted to show a little bit of our appreciation to Boris for helping to deliver what I think will be the best Olympic games yet.

Back in 2005, when London was first chosen to host the 2012 Olympics, like the majority of my friends I was thrilled that such a massive event was coming to us. Being fairly young at the time I even had dreams of competing at London 2012 (and still do!). The plans for the Olympic Park came out and all the computer simulations were utterly mindblowing - it was the sort of thing I could never have imagined being built in London.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport | Tags: London 2012, Olympics, One year to go, Paralympics

14 July 2011

Grass roots sport receives £12mil boost

Boris announced today that more than £12million will be invested in grass roots sports projects across London to help ensure a strong sporting legacy in every corner of the capital. During his visit to a City Hall funded BMX project in Walthamstow, the Mayor spoke of his desire to build a lasting Olympic legacy by getting people out of their living rooms and into sport.

The funding means the Mayor has now hit his target of channeling £30million into sport by the 2012 Games a year ahead of schedule.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport | Tags: Bmx, Grassroots sports, Olympics, Sports legacy fund

17 June 2011

Boris tackles sports participation

Boris Johnson today launched a Rugby Football Union initiative to get more adults involved in the game.

As part of his drive to get Londoners from every corner of the capital more active and boost sporting participation in the run up to and after the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Mayor is investing £115,000 from the Mayor's 2012 Sports Legacy Fund to provide free Touch Rugby sessions in the workplace

The Mayor used the 'O2 Touch' event at Tower Bridge to share his determination to increase participation in the sport by encouraging people to try touch rugby. Figures show that the number of adults playing the game at least once a week has dropped from 230,000 in 2009 to 177,900 at the most recent update.

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Categories: London, Olympics, sport | Tags: Olympics, Rugby, Sport, Touch london

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