Conservative Assembly Members turn their backs on Blackfriars cyclist safety debate

Today, Conservative members of the London Assembly walked out of the chamber before the scheduled debate on reducing the speed limit at Blackfriars Bridge to 20mph.

Sadly, this move killed the debate on this vitally important issue.

Our chief executive Ashok Sinha had this to say:

"LCC has been strongly arguing for a 20mph limit at Blackfriars to reduce road danger, and help meet the Mayor’s welcome aspirations to turn London into a cycling city.

"We don't mind losing a fair fight by reasoned argument – that’s part of debate.

"But it appears that some members of the London Assembly would rather make political gestures than debate the crucial issue of road danger reduction.

"That’s bad for cycling, bad for road safety and bad for democracy."

We're calling on the Mayor to look beyond the procedural tactics adopted by his Conservative colleagues, and consider what's best for the thousands of Londoners who are increasingly adopting cycling and walking as a more convenient way to get around.


I have emailed Richard Tracey, Facebooked and Twittered.
  • By Bryony at 5:41pm 8 June 2011
I've also emailed Richard Tracey. Would be interested to share his views on this situation with Wandsworth LCC members
  • By Austen at 6:33pm 8 June 2011

The names of those who walked out and contact details (according to )

Roger Evans - Havering and Redbridge

Gareth Bacon – London wide

Kit Malthouse – West Central

Victoria Borwick – London wide

Andrew Boff – London wide

Tony Arbour – South West

Brian Coleman – Barnet and Camden

Richard Tracey – Merton and Wandsworth

James Cleverly – Bexley and Bromley

Richard Barnes – Ealing and Hillingdon


This post was edited by Austen at 8:31pm 8 June 2011.

  • By Austen at 6:37pm 8 June 2011
The BBC have quoted Ashok and posted a link to our website - see
It was good to hear campaigners making the case for keeping the 20mph speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge, London. Mike Cavanett from London Cycle Campaign and Amy Aeron-Thomas of RoadPeace were interviewed. You can listen to the interviews on The Breakfast Show at You can hear Mike at 1h 35 mins after the start and Amy at 2hrs 36mins. Just scroll along to those times to hear the interviews. Both made very strong cases and coun tered the objections raised by the interviewer. Amy pointed out that soon we expect to have over 6m people in towns with 20mph limits as a default. (Thanks to Rod King of 20 is plenty for us and CTC RTR for this)

I've e-mailed Tony ARBOUR, South West, using WritetoThem.  If I get a reply I'll share it with Hounslow and Kingston. 

Nick TITTLE, Richmond Cycling Campaign

Got this from Tony ARBOUR in a letter replying to my question "Did you walk out of a recent GLA meeting that was to discuss Blackfriars Bridge and if so why?"

"I did walk out of the GLA meeting, but it was not in connection with the highway engineering changes on Blackfriars Bridge. The meeting could have continued if members of other groups had attended." 

Nick, Richmond

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