Space for Cycling

I've sent an email to my local candidates using the very simple website, but I'm concerned about the boroughs that many of us cycle through, but won't necessarily live in- mainly Westminster, K&C and especially the City. Are we advised to send emails to these candidates as well?

Edit: I see now that the City isn't included as their electoral system is different, but there may still be a difference in the number of emailers and residents in the other two boroughs mentioned.

This post was edited by stuc at 10:58am 16 October 2014.


  • By paul at 3:27pm 9 April 2014

Good point. The problem is that you can't vote for/against  councillors whoes boroughs you cycle through. The strategic cycle network should be under the control of the London Assembly that we all vote for but it isn't.

Just because you cannot vote in a borough it doesn't mean you cannot campaign in one. Candidates could still be contacted and shown that there is a desire for infrastructure changes in the borough they might represent even if the current users may be from elsewhere - for instance I might be more inclined to visit the businesses in (insert borough here) if cycling was safer. If I ride past somewhere there's more chance I'll stop to buy something than if my route goes elsewhere. I agree about the London Assembly, but as you say at the moment it isn't their jurisdicion.

Maybe someone at LCC could look into widening the net?

Instead of writing about how i can't, unfortunately, use the auto emailer, i thought i would add some humour :)

Predicting the results of the general election in 2015, The Times newspaper quoted Bill Bailey as saying the only trace of the Liberal Democrats will be "a bunch of flowers taped to some railings."

David Cameron, on the other hand, was poetically described as a "congealed, laminated weasel."

Ukip, he argued, are a troupe of "sozzled berks" whose only policies include an electrified fence at Dover and "no women in the bar area."

Ed Miliband was rather tragically described as being "like a plastic bag caught in a tree."

"No one knows how he got up there and no one can be bothered to get him down." 


This post was edited by mikeybikey at 12:52pm 10 April 2014.

  • By GeorgeG at 7:04pm 12 April 2014
Is there a way of editing the emails? I wanted to add some extra comments. GG

I am concerned that “Space for Cycling” fosters an attitude that cyclists and other road users are fundamentally incompatible and that almost exclusive use of some routes is the only way forward. I live close to Tredegar Road in Tower Hamlets where "Remove through traffic from Tredegar Road and the surrounding area" is proposed. I travel around this area regularly, by cycle, car and on foot. I consider this proposal to be both counter productive, and to miss the obvious point that many of the recent cycling fatalities have occured on major roads, with cycle superhighways. I believe that this particular proposal will cause displacement, promote traffic grid lock in the area and potentially make other routes less safe. Bow roundabout is an example where each successive engineering solution has made things worse.



We need schemes that promote not damage the practicalities of cycling safety. And we need a whole transport solution not a separatist approach.  

Filtered permeability means it's quicker and easier to cycle than it is to drive. This makes cycling the more likely choice of transport. If it displaces traffic to busier roads it creates a quieter (often residential) area that is safer and more pleasant for everyone. If traffic gridlock occurs it means it's even quicker to cycle than drive (and as most journeys are under 5 miles they should be done by means other than motor vehicle anyway).

Bow roaundabout is an example of where bad engineering and ignoring the needs of vulnerable road users has made things more dangerous. It simply isn't true that it's the process of change that makes matters worse; it's doing the wrong thing that makes it worse. I haven't heard anyone claim that the current Cycle Superhighways are good enough, or a target.

You're fundamentally missing the point that there's more than one way to create safe space for cycling. Protected lanes, junction design and filtered permeability all help, as do legal changes such as strict liability and better training for drivers and riders. None of these are mutually exclusive.

If you want to send an email to the candidates of a borough/ward which you won;t be voting in then just do it. Pick the postcode where you have a problem, change the email before its sent so they know you don't live there and why you're sending the email and press GO.

You just edit the email when its shown to you before you press send.

I've done it for where I work as I cycle there and I want the local council there to do something about it.

  • By Tilman at 11:09am 19 June 2014

What opinions will candidates show concerning the ideas of Norman Forster about cycle space in London (German links, sorry)


Some Latvians with a novel approach to "making space for cycling" on international cycling day:

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