London Cycling Campaign celebrates 30 years of action

Next week, London Cycling Campaign – the world’s largest independent urban cycling organisation – celebrates 30 years of lobbying to make London a more cycle-friendly city.

It is fitting LCC’s birthday coincides with Freewheel, an event that was the brainchild of one of LCC’s volunteers, and this year saw 50,000 riders of all abilities enjoying traffic-free streets.

Freewheel is just one of many LCC successes; its first, just three months after being formed, was the installation of a cycle crossing at Albert Gate. Other achievements include the indispensible London Cycle Network maps, distributed free by TfL and created with LCC expertise, along with essential infrastructure improvements such the Blackfriars Bridge cycle lane and the bike routes across Clapham and Wandsworth Commons. LCC has also  successfully promoted cycle training in schools and established community cycling projects across London.

LCC’s current campaigns include fitting of safety mirrors to all lorries, protecting cyclists from the dangers of motorcycles in bus lanes, and pushing for improved cycle parking provision to reduce cycle theft in the capital.

Koy Thomson, LCC’s chief executive, said, “London Cycling Campaign has played a key role in improving conditions for cycling and supporting people who want to cycle. Bicycle use has doubled in London over the last five years to over 500,000 journeys every day and by 2025, LCC wants to see one in five journeys being made by bicycle, which can only help make London a safer, healthier and more environmentally sustainable city.”

Notes to editors

  • London Cycling Campaign (LCC) was officially launched on 28 September 1978 with a meeting at the Cheshire Cheese public house on Fleet Street. Membership at the time cost £1 per year.
  • LCC’s inaugural cycling event took place on the same day with a commuter bike race, which showed cycles had a speed advantage in an urban setting over motorists and public transport. The organisation’s first campaign that year was to start lobbying for a cycle crossing at Albert Gate – this was built a year later.
  • Since then, LCC has been effecting positive change in the areas of transport, environment and health in its mission to make London a world-class cycling city. Through campaigning for better cycling facilities, educational work on the benefits of cycling, and extensive information provision including literature, a website and telephone helpline, LCC is helping improve the quality of life in London by encouraging cycling, thereby reducing dependence on motorised forms of transport.
  • LCC also works with many Londoners providing access to funding and expertise to practical cycling projects that help disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. And through our 33 local LCC groups, we also work at borough level promoting cycling, organising rides and events, and working with local authorities on issues that improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.