LCC's Space for Cycling campaign uses local expertise to lobby thousands of council election candidates for 629 ward-specific cycling improvement
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 06:42am 07 Apr 2014
- Posted in: Blog, Press
- Tagged with: cycling, email, council elections, ward, candidates, borough
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:
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.