LCC's Space for Cycling campaign uses local expertise to lobby thousands of council election candidates for 629 ward-specific cycling improvement

For the first time in London’s political history, a campaign group is aiming to lobby 6000 local election candidates to support one of 629 ward-specific improvements that would make streets safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle.

In the capital's most hyper-local campaign ever, LCC has worked with thousands of local residents as well as teams of volunteers in every borough to create 629 (one per electoral ward) demands for local cycling improvements in Greater London, such as:

  • Install protected cycle lanes in a newly created Bradley Wiggins Way (Kilburn ward, Brent)
  • Remove through motor traffic from the cycling corridor on Tavistock Place (Bloomsbury ward, Camden)
  • Redesign Wimbledon’s town centre to be walking and cycling-friendly (Hillside ward, Merton)
  • Reduce motor traffic speed to 20mph in Carlton Hill and surrounding streets (Abbey Road ward, Westminster)
  • Create safe cycle routes for children linking six schools in Tufnell Park (Junction ward, Islington)
  • Make a cycle route through Russell Park as alternative to busy Woolwich Road (Barnehurst ward, Bexley)

Using the latest online mapping and lobbying technology, Londoners can quickly and easily enter their postcode to locate their ward and then email their council election candidates calling for their support for the specific Space for Cycling measure identified for their area.

They can also use the new tool to see what is being called for in all wards in London and, as the campaign progresses, track responses from candidates:

http://space4cycling.org/action

www.space4cycling.org 

London Cycling Campaign Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said:

“Council elections should be about local issues, and our Space for Cycling campaign will focus local politicians, and would-be councillors, on making our neighbourhoods safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle and walk.

“Many local people don’t feel safe cycling or crossing the road in residential and local shopping streets. Our proposals for local cycling improvements will, when put in place, dramatically change the character of London streets for everyone’s benefit.”

“This is a non-partisan, grass-roots campaign. Our amazing volunteer teams have used their local knowledge to identify the 629 measures to be taken - one in each ward - and we call on politicians from all parties to give these measures their support.”

LCC’s Space for Cycling campaign is the first stage of a wider national effort by London Cycling Campaign, CTC (the national cyclists' organisation) and cycle campaigners in cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield to promote safe Space for Cycling to local authorities across the country.

Our Space for Cycling campaign is kindly supported by the Bicycle Association of GB, Evans Cycles, and the Dutch National Embassy.

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Well, it would be great if it worked. I enter my postcode, and just see a spinning wheel that doesn't stop....

It worked perfectly for me. One question though: it tells you the percentage of candidates who are supporting us, but is there anywhere we can check who they actually are? Will a list of supporting candidates be published?

Also:

http://action.space4cycling.org/data/ward/974

Is not asking for space for cycling. Two-way operation for motor traffic on this very busy road will not make the area any safer for cyclists - one can see this in the similar removal of the gyratory around Tottenham Hale, which has not made cycling any safer or more pleasant.  Please change this ward ask to 'provide protected space for cycling around the Stoke Newington Gyratory', in line with LCC's own policy on where protected space is needed. Thanks. 

I'm afraid it still doesn't work on my phone. Gets as for as "scroll down to read messg & submit..", but doesn't scroll!

Removing 1or 2 keyhole barriers in Tottenham hale ward is nice, but please consider adding to this ward ask to "provide protected space for cycling, bike cut-outs in speed bumps, fix potholes, dropped drains, and sweep up sharps!". I'm fed up with the obstacle course the council calls roads. Thanks :(.

This post was edited by mikeybikey at 1:26am 13 May 2014.

this one, too, needs updating:

 

Haringey - Bounds Green

The Space for Cycling needed in this area is:

Make Bounds Green Rd North Circular junction better for cyclists

Remove double left hook turn, provide ASL's (and feeder lanes), sort out cycle  track on N side of NC that comes to a sudden end and  toucan crossings negated by "CYCLISTS DISMOUNT" signs

 

ASLs and feeder lanes are not sufficient on roads this busy. We need protected space and separate cycle signals.

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