UPDATED: Johnson and Paddick manifestos likely to fail cycling, while Jones and Livingstone promise much more
Boris Johnson's and Brian Paddick's manifesto promises fail to meet the needs of cyclists, according to detailed analysis (see link below) of all the leading candidates’ manifestos by the London Cycling Campaign.
Johnson comes last in every category, and there's also a strong concern that Paddick's policies wouldn't do enough to improve safety for existing cyclists or encourage many more new people to cycle, as all four candidates claim they want to do.
The Green Party’s Jenny Jones has by far the strongest manifesto for improving conditions for cycling, with Ken Livingstone in second place, considerably ahead of Johnson and Paddick.
LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, “Boris Johnson’s transport manifesto commitments to cycling are very weak, undermined by an emphasis on keeping motor traffic moving.
“Livingstone’s cycling policies are more encouraging in many ways, but there’s still a major concern that, like Johnson, he won’t prioritise cycling over motor traffic.
“Perhaps having Jenny Jones – who is by far the most impressive candidate for cycling policies – as Livingstone’s cycling advisor, as he has committed to doing, will change his approach?
“We want Londoners to join our Big Ride on 28 April to tell Johnson and Livingstone they must create safe and inviting space for cycling, prioritising cyclists as they do in Holland."
Johnson and Paddick are weakest of the four leading candidates when their policies are scored against LCC’s three Love London, Go Dutch campaign demands, which call for continental standards to be applied to future cycling provision.
Pleasingly, three out of the four candidates (the exception being Johnson) draw inspiration from ‘Dutch’ cycling solutions, and Livingstone says he’d adhere to the principles of LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign when designing cycling facilities.
LCC’s conclusions are the results of an exhaustive line-by-line analysis of the four mayoral candidates’ transport and cycling manifestos, with the full details published below, along with the candidate manifestos.
None of their manifestos makes overall funding commitments for cycling provision, nor do they set targets for increasing the proportion of London journeys taken by bike.
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Read an in-depth summary of each candidate's cycling policies
Read our policy-by-policy analysis
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Download the manifestos on cycling
Download Boris Johnson's Transport Manifesto
Download Jenny Jones' Cycling Pledges
Download Brian Paddick's Mayoral Manifesto