Take part in our Space for Cycling photoshoot to help represent the range of Londoners who ride bikes
Our Space for Cycling campaign will lobby every council election candidate in Greater London, telling them Londoners want streets that are safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.
We're going to use images of everyday people cycling to help promote our campaign, which is why we want you to take part in our Space for Cycling photoshoot in the LCC office near London Bridge (SE1) on Saturday 15 March.
If you can spare an hour to get your photo taken by a pro, and be willing to tell us little bit about yourself for the campaign, we'll give you a copy of your portrait to download for free.
If you'd like to apply to take part, please complete the form at the bottom of this article.
Help us combat cycling stereotypes
We're really keen to represent a cross-section of Londoners, in particular:
- families with children
- teenagers and young people
- people who use bikes for work (such as delivery riders, health professionals, tradesmen in work uniform)
- people with disabilities (handcycles, mobility scooters, tricycles and so on)
Many politicians, and some sections of the media, stereotype people on bikes, thinking of cyclists as a distinct group, different in appearance and attitude from 'normal' people.
Stereotyping cyclists makes it easy to ignore their needs when designing streets and allocating budgets, and to blame them when they suffer injury or death.
The stereotype we have to combat is of a lawbreaking young white man, who knocks down old ladies on the pavement for fun.
Of course, this is nonsense, but it's surprising how much currency it gains, not least because there are politicians and sections of the media who are happy to perpetuate it.
Like many stereotypes, there's a tenuous link to reality: young mean are vastly over-represented among Londoners who cycle, because so many females, parents, children and older people are too scared to cycle (unlike in the Netherlands, where everyone cycles).
However, there are 600,000 cycle journeys per day, and that includes hundreds of thousands of journeys by people on bikes who come from every walk of life.
Please help us to represent these people, and the millions who'd like to cycle but are currently too intimidated by motor traffic.