A third of council election candidates now backing local Space for Cycling improvements
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 12:39pm 16 May 2014
- Posted in: Blog, Press
- Tagged with: local elections, space for cycling, candidates
Over a third of London's local election candidates (34% or 2555 individuals) are backing the London Cycling Campaign's call for Space for Cycling in their neighbourhood, with major support from the four largest parties.
In Hackney, 99% of all local election candidates are backing us, while in 4 more boroughs - Islington, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Croydon - support has been gained from over two-thirds of candidates.
In a further 8 boroughs (making 14 in total), over half the candidates are supporting our call for local Space for Cycling measures - Camden, Haringey, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham and Waltham Forest.
London Cycling Campaign Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said, “We’re thrilled to have the support of over a third of London's local election candidates, including all Greens, and over a third of Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates.
"Our call for council's to make our streets are safe and inviting for everyone to cycle is clearly resonating with borough politicians in way that hasn’t happened before – and we look forward to new councils being composed of more cycling supporters than ever before.
"We invite all Londoners to join tomorrow's Big Ride in central London to put more pressure on all our politicians to support safe Space for Cycling in streets throughout the capital."
In the run-up to the local elections. LCC identified 629 essential improvements to local streets (one for every electoral ward) that would make cycling safer and more inviting, and since 7 April we've been inviting our supporters to email their local election candidates asking them to support these local cycling improvements.
Over 75,000 emails have been sent by our supporters to local election candidates calling for them to back local Space for Cycling, with a third of candidates backing our demands.
The Londonwide breakdown of party support from the 7382 candidates on our local election candidate database is:
- 37% of Labour (692 of 1888)
- 11% of Conservatives (188 of 1780)
- 34% of Liberal Democrats (455 of 1312)
- 100% of Greens (840 candidates of 840 London-wide)
Only 0.2% of UKIP candidates (13 from 451) are backing our campaign, but 9% of independent candidates are too (12 from 129).
As well as the many individuals backing our local Space for Cycling measures, many parties have chosen to support Space for Cycling en masse.
The Greens have signed up in all 32 boroughs, with every candidate in Greater London supporting Space for Cycling. Labour has signed up en masse in five boroughs, with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in two:
- Greens – 32 London boroughs
- Labour – Croydon, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth, Sutton
- Liberal Democrats – Hackney, Southwark
- Conservatives – Hackney, Merton
Of the other parties contesting the local elections, the Trade Union Socialist Coalition, the People Before Profit party, and the All People’s Party have all backed our campaign, with 100% of all their candidates backing Space for Cycling in their neighbourhoods.
The All People’s Party have signed up in Hounslow, Lewisham and Southwark, while the Christian Alliance party, with 54 candidates, is the only one to so far show no support for Space for Cycling.