A Space for Cycling campaign organiser explains why she volunteered to be part our our 2014 local election campaign
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 03:18pm 26 Nov 2013
- Posted in: Blog
- Tagged with: jobs, volunteer, local elections, space for cycling, campaign organisers, 2014
Hello Kristen, please tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm Kristen Fuller, 34 years old, living in SE London and working full-time in central London. I work in the food industry, and love dining out and cooking myself. Travelling is a real passion too, and I try to get one long holiday per year - this year I was lucky enough to visit Burma, which was incredible. I try to keep fit, and enjoy running when I find the time, and my daily seven-mile commute to Old Street helps keep me healthy.
Why have you volunteered as a Space for Cycling organiser?
I live in the middle of Lewisham, which is great for shopping but not really for cycling. The facilities are really quite poor, and I don't see many shoppers on bikes. There doesn't seem to be much done to encourage local people to change to this mode of transport, which I find very disappointing.
I feel extremely passionately about LCC's Space for Cycling campaign, because the roads I travel on are just simply not safe enough. Also, I don't think other road users respect or even understand the value that cycling can bring to our great city. On so many levels cycling is an amazing thing, serving both function and fitness. I can honestly say since I took to my bike two years ago, my life has changed so much for the better.
I'd like to share this with others, particularly the pleasure of arriving by work on my bike, which makes me happier, healthier and richer! It saddens me greatly that even people who would like to cycle, they can't because they're too frightened by our streets.
Have you done anything like this before?
I'm a London Cycling Campaign supporter, and have signed petitions and written campaigning emails before but have never got involved beyond that.
Amy and the rest of the LCC staff and volunteers have been really friendly and helpful so far, and I'm looking forward to doing something positive for my local area in the run-up to next year's local elections. We have to take advantage of opportunities like this to push cycling safety higher up the local agenda.
Are you interested in becoming a campaign organiser?
We're recruiting passionate people who want to help improve their local area for cycling. All you need is energy and the time to devote a couple of hours each week from January until May 2014.
In return, we'll provide you with the support and resources to help convince your local election candidates that cycle-friendly streets are an important issue in your neighbourhood.