Conservative Assembly Members urged to join Lab/Lib/Greens in backing 'Love London, Go Dutch' campaign
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 5:48pm 15 March 2012
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: cycling revolution, assembly members, love london go dutch, election, mayor
Every Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Party member of the London Assembly has signed LCC's Love London, Go Dutch petition
Our petition is calling on the mayoral candidates to make London more liveable by making our streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland (sign the petition now).
But so far none of the 11 Conservative Assembly Members has signed the petition, and nor has independent (former-BNP) member Richard Barnbrook.
Assembly signators so far include Green mayoral candidate Jenny Jones, Ken Livingstone’s running-mate Val Shawcross (Lab), and Brian Paddick’s running-mate Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dem).
LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, “We’re delighted 14 out of 25 London Assembly Members have backed our Love London, Go Dutch campaign.
"We're now calling on all Conservatives in the London Assembly to support it too, building on previous examples of cross-party support for making cycling in the capital safer."
Twice in the last 12 months the London Assembly has reached an all-party consensus in support of safer conditions for cycling:
- 14 December 2011: All-party support for motion calling for a Transport for London review of dangerous junctions and prioritisation of cyclist safety;
- 20 July 2011: All-party support for a motion calling on Mayor Boris Johnson to retain the 20mph speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge.
2011 was also notable for two occasions when Conservative Assembly Members walked out of the chamber (protesting about an unrelated matter).
These walkouts initially prevented the Assembly supporting motions calling on the mayor to improve cyclist safety, but in both instances the motions were retabled and passed with all-party support.
Politicians of all parties, including Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, have strongly supported The Times newpaper's Cities Fit for Cycling campaign.
The Times' eight-point manifesto for cycling is a wide-reaching call for improvements in cyclist safety nationwide.
However, the Love London, Go Dutch campaign calls specifically for infrastructure improvements at the level of the most successful cycling nations, including the Netherlands where cycling is 25% of all journeys.
We've raised the bar on cycling improvements to its highest level (see photo) because London is a city ripe for a real cycling revolution.
And we think this is a commitment that all Assembly Members should be willing to adopt.
There are still seven weeks until the mayoral election (on 3 May), which gives the remaining London Assembly Members the chance to sign our petition, and make known their desire for radical improvements to cyclist safety.
Apart from the Green's Jenny Jones, the mayoral candidates have yet to declare their cycling policies to the electorate.
We'll be reporting their intentions as soon as these become clear.
If you haven't already, please sign our petition today.