Safe bike lanes and junctions will persuade us to cycle more, say the majority of Londoners

The next Mayor of London must prioritise safe and convenient bike lanes and make junctions and roundabouts less dangerous if they want to encourage more cycling, according to a YouGov survey published today.

The survey, which suggests over half a million Londoners already cycle at least once a week, coincides with the launch of the London Cycling Campaign’s Love London, Go Dutch petition, which calls on the mayoral election candidates to commit to more people-friendly streets and continental-standard cycle facilities in the capital.

51% of Londoners said the next Mayor can take action to encourage them to cycle more, with 78% of those people naming safe and convenient bikes lanes all over London or safer junctions and roundabouts as their top priority.

Concern about sharing roadspace with fast-moving motor traffic was the number one reason why Londoners said they don’t cycle more often.

16 cyclists were killed on London’s road last year, up from 10 in 2011, with many more suffering life-changing injuries.

Despite widespread concerns about the safety of cycling in the capital, 31% of parents said there were positive steps the next Mayor could take to encourage them to cycle more with their children, with 81% of mothers who said they could be encouraged favouring safer bikes lanes or safer junctions and roundabouts.

LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign is a response to the deep worries that existing and potential cyclists have about safety, and is calling for the next Mayor to take a radical new approach to street design.

Redesign London for the people

To illustrate how this can be done LCC has today published its latest set of innovative street designs, showing how Parliament Square and the Olympic Park could be made safe and inviting for all Londoners to walk and cycle. Last year, LCC published a people-friendly redesign of the controversial Blackfriars junction.

Parliament Square

Olympic Park

Blackfriars 

LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, “There’s a real danger London will be left behind by other global cities such as New York, Paris and Amsterdam if the next Mayor doesn’t look beyond outdated solutions that always favour motor traffic over cyclists and pedestrians.

“We’re calling on the next Mayor to provide safe and convenient bike lanes on main roads, safer passage for cyclists and pedestrians across roundabouts and junctions, and more people-friendly streets where people work, shop and live.”

So far the Love London, Go Dutch petition has been signed by TV presenter Lauren Laverne, indie band Franz Ferdinand, culture writer Alain de Botton and design guru Stephen Bayley.

The campaign is sponsored by Brompton Bicycles and Bywaters Recycling, and supported by the Dutch Embassy.

All those in favour of the campaign are being urged to sign the petition at www.lcc.org.uk/go-dutch.

Core demands in the next mayoralty 

We want the new mayor to prove their commitment to Love London, Go Dutch during the next Mayoralty (2012-2016) by doing the following:

  • Implementing three flagship Go Dutch developments on major streets and/or locations
  • Making sure all planned developments on main roads that they control are redesigned to Go Dutch key principles, especially junctions (www.lcc.org.uk/pages/key-principles)
  • Ensure the Cycle Superhighway programme is completed to Go Dutch standards.

Turning London into a city that's safe and inviting for cycling will take time, but it's imperative we start now...