We think 2012 has been the London Cycling Campaign's most successful year so far
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 8:48pm 21 December 2012
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2012 started with the commitment by Boris Johnson to review hundreds of dangerous junctions all over the city as a result of months of lobbying by LCC in the wake of the disastrous redesign of Blackfriars and Bow roundabout, where two people died in 2011, and protests at Kings Cross.
It also saw the very final preparations for our ‘Love London, Go Dutch’ mayoral election campaign, including our Go Dutch photoshoot saw nearly 100 volunteers visit our office to get their portrait taken for use in our campaign.
We were pleased many people chose to come to the photoshoot in their ordinary clothes, sending a message to politicians that London cyclists often look very much Dutch ones – and often just like any other Londoner.
February saw the official launch of our Love London, Go Dutch petition at the Design Museum, where press, bloggers and the cycling industry came together to support our call for "safe and inviting streets for everyone to cycle".
You can still show your support if you haven't already.
Our YouGov survey showed that safety was the key reason why people don’t cycle, and that separation from motor traffic is what would make them feel safe.
February also saw the launch of The Times 'Cities Fit for Cycling' campaign, and 2000 people join a protest ride through around Parliament Square calling on MPs to make cycling safety a priority.
In March, our Love London, Go Dutch campaign saw three weeks of action, where hundreds of volunteers - commuters, students, parents - took to the streets to help us get petition signatures.
This month also saw a protest cycle ride in Barnet, and the death of five-year-old Ali Nasralla in Kingston, run over by a black taxi just a few hundred metres from his school, perfectly illustrating why the Dutch approach to street design is so desperately needed in London.
April saw LCC and other campaigners responding en masse to the crass public statements from Addison Lee chairman John Griffin, who riled Londoners with his ignorant comments on cyclist safety.
Coming just before the election and LCC’s Big Ride , the media storm served only to highlight the need for cyclists to come together to make our case for streets that are safe and inviting for anyone to cycle.
And indeed 28 April saw all five mayoral candidates signing up to our campaign, and 10,000 Londoners riding around the city centre (in torrential rain, sadly) tell politicians it’s time for Dutch-quality cycling provision in the capital.
Days before the mayoral election, we published our first ever policy-by-policy analysis of the leading candidates, giving them a percentage score for how closely their manifestos matched the our ambitions and those of our 40,000 supporters.
Election day saw Boris Johnson win a second term, having committed to our Love London, Go Dutch promises the week before.
In the week after the election we announced our 100 Days campaign, promising to report back on the first steps of the Mayor’s new administration to make good his election promises.
In June, we asked our members and supporters to tell us which location they thought would be most suitable for a flagship walking and cycling development.
We eventually received over 2000 suggestions, with London’s worst one-way systems and junctions overwhemingly chosen by cyclists are the places that need urgent treatment to make them safe and inviting for walking and cycling.
The ‘Better Junctions Review’ was in full flow, and we were delighted to feed our findings from our survey of supporters back to Transport for London.
Amid distractions such as Wiggo's successful Tour de France, The London Assembly Transport Committee announced its Scrutiny on Cycling in July, a plan to take several months analysing the policies of the Mayor and Transport for London.
Our chief executive Ashok Sinha tells the Assembly that a lack of political will is the major obstacle to high-quality cycling provision in London.
Inevitably, the Olympics and Paralympics fever gripped the city during July, and we did our best to smooth the wrinkles out of the sometime ill-thought-out Olympic Route Network.
We also supported British Cycling’s campaign to change our legal system to make it deliver justice for cyclists and pedestrians hurt or killed on the roads.
The beginning of August saw the tragic death of Dan Harris, hit by a Games bus near the entrance to the Olympic Park.
Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins muddied the waters with a few badly chosen words at a press conference, but LCC and other campaigners succeeded in focusing attention on the most important issues facing London cyclists, namely poor infrastructure.
The post-Olympics 'legacy' announced by the Mayor turned out to be nothing of the sort: we love cycling parties, but that's not the same as a legacy.
Crash statistics released during the same month showed an increase in cyclist casualties, reversing a trend.
September saw our ‘100 Days’ verdict on the Mayor’s efforts to keep his Go Dutch promises: the verdict was something of a “must try harder” as we saw some signs from TfL and the Mayor that they’re taking on board Continental ideas, but not enough concrete action.
This month also saw our Campaigners Conference, not the first we’ve ever organised, but certainly the biggest, best-attended and most productive with over 100 Londoners coming together to discuss how to best influence the 2014 local elections.
Our Cycling Projects team established a groundbreaking cycling for health project with NHS Greenwich, with more promised for 2013.
Our Campaigners Conference was hotly followed by the Love London, Go Dutch conference help in Westminster, attended by MPs, councillors and council officers. It offered an opportunity for Dutch and British experts to come together to forge new alliances and exchange information.
A joint TfL/Dutch Cycling Embassy workshop, also attended by council officers and LCC, saw British and Dutch street engineers working on a redesign for Lambeth Bridge.
In south-west London Richmond council’s plans for Twickenham town centre missed the mark completely, putting in more motor traffic and removing cycling provision.
We were delighted to announce that Transport for London's Safer Lorries contracts, with strict conditions for all haulage contractors to use the best-equipped lorries and safest drivers,
Our Cycling Projects team were out and about at universities all over Greater London, giving advice and encouragement to students and staff. All in all, we delivered 60 event days helping to persuade more people to take up cycling.
We launched our Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling campaign calling on all councils to reduce the danger from their lorry fleet and their contractors.
The Mineral Products Association and the C2C property developers showed that the private sector understands the Safer Lorries issue by promising to make tens of thousands lorries that drive in London safer.
A TfL safety audit of Blackfriars, scene of so many protests in 2011, criticised the dangerous right turns at this recently designed junction: we still say our double-T design is the best option.
Electronic voting saw record numbers of members taking part in our trustee election, and five new board members were elected, increasing the number of women on the board from one to to five.
The London Assembly Transport Committee issued its report on cycling, basically telling the Mayor to do everything LCC has called for during 2012, urging the Mayor to show strong leadership and put in place Dutch-standard cycling infrastructure to make the city safe and invitng for everyone to cycle.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence advised authorities to promote cycling and walking to improve public health.
We publish our critiques of Cycle Superhighway 5 and the westbound section of CS2 at Bow roundabout. We’re pleased to see some progress from TfL towards improving the Superhighways, but there’s so much more to be done.
Two court verdicts in one day showed how urgently our legal system needs to be reformed to provide justice for victims and their families.
The death toll on London’s roads rose to 14 as a Darwin's Deli delivery cyclist Javed Sumbal was run over by a lorry on Commercial Road.