Who is standing for Mayor in 2016?

  • Conservative Party - Zac Goldsmith
  • Green Party - Sian Berry
  • Labour Party - Sadiq Khan
  • Liberal Democrats - Caroline Pidgeon
  • UKIP - Peter Whittle
  • Independent - Paul Tavares
  • Independent - Siobhan Benita
  • Independent - Rosalind Readhead 
  • Independent - Yanek Zylinski
  • National Liberal Party - Upkar Singh Rai
  • Respect - George Galloway
  • Something New - Lindsey Garrett 
  • Women's Equality Party - Sophie Walker

CONSERVATIVES

On 2 October 2015 Zac Goldsmith was announced as the Conservative candidate for the 2016 mayoral election.

Zac GoldsmithZac Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith is a journalist, author and Member of Parliament for Richmond Park. He has said that he will build on the cycling achievements of Boris Johnson, including more “mini Holland” cycle- and pedestrian-friendly schemes in boroughs, more 20mph zones and a rush-hour lorry ban, as long as this didn’t create “additional risks” at other times.

He has also said he would back pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, adding that whatever changes are brought in need to take account of local businesses and the bus network.

GREEN PARTY

After a ballot of its members using the Single Transferable Vote (STV), a proportional voting system, the Green Party announced on 2 September that Sian Berry has won the nomination. We invited Sian to tell us in no more than 200 words, what she plans to do to improve conditions for cycling in London. 

Sian Berry

Sian Berry

London could find no stronger supporter of cycling as Mayor or Assembly Member. I’ve worked on green transport for over a decade and backed many LCC campaigns. I cycle to work but there are more places I would go by bike if there were safe, segregated routes to them. 

More bikes and less traffic would make our city so much better: cutting air pollution that causes nearly 10,000 annual early deaths reducing noise, improving health, and letting more space be given to pedestrians, play and life on the streets.

If elected, I’d continue the Green AMs’ work on funding, shifting a much higher proportion of Transport for London’s budget into new cycleways from - among other things - new road bridges and tunnels in east London. I’d get local LCC groups involved in the early stages of designing these, and put cycling representatives on TfL’s board. 

New infrastructure takes time, but we can reduce danger immediately with a 20mph limit across London, including red routes. Safer lorry designs must be compulsory, along with a rush hour ban on HGVs and construction lorries. Road safety would be a higher police priority too, getting uninsured and dangerous drivers off the road." 

LABOUR

On 11 September, Labour announced that Sadiq Khan MP has been elected as the party's candidate for the mayoral election. Here's what Sadiq says he'll do for cycling if elected:

Sadiq KhanSadiq Khan

London has seen a dramatic rise in the number of journeys taken by bike over the last decade. But while numbers have doubled, cycling still only makes up 2.5% of all daily journeys across the city. It's time to make a difference for London's cyclists, making it safer for those that contribute to a cleaner and healthier city.

As Mayor, getting people on to bikes will be a major plank of my transport, environmental and public health policies. Because the more people we get cycling, the less pressure there is on the tube, buses and trains. It's a greener form of transport, contributing to our desperately needed attempts at tackling London's choking air. And it's healthier too, as it keeps Londoners that cycle trim and fit.

But the shocking deaths of cyclists we've seen on the capital's roads must stop if we're to encourage people off tubes and buses on to their bikes.

That's why, as Mayor, I will:

- roll out 20mph zones in residential areas across the city

- complete the urgent works needed to the most dangerous junctions in London, and further rolling out of pedestrian countdown timers at crossing to improve safety

- expand the cycle super highway scheme with more segregated cycle paths, and build on the "mini-Holland" work and spread this to other boroughs

- work with local authorities to provide more secure on-street cycle parking for those without storage space

- ensure new residential and office developments have sufficient cycle storage facilities, and getting employers to incentivise cycling to work for their staff

We've made so much progress over the last decade but there's still much more to do if we're to make our streets safe for all Londoners to cycle to work, to school or to the shops. Modern London should be a city for cyclists: as Mayor, I'm determined to make that a reality.

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

On 17th September 2015 Liberal Democrat members in London endorsed the nomination of Caroline Pidgeon as the party’s candidate for Mayor. 

We invited Caroline to tell our supporters, in no more than 200 words, what she plans to do to improve conditions for cycling in London. 

Caroline PidgeonCaroline Pidgeon

I would complete the programme of Cycle Superhighways, including CS6 from Penge to the City, and CS12 from Finchley to Angel, while upgrading the existing superhighways, providing segregated space on these vital commuter routes.

The Mayor has consistently underspent on the cycling budget. I pledge to pass any remaining funds from this budget directly to the Boroughs for local improvements.

The Quietways programme has been held back by small local problems. I will provide extra funding to the Boroughs if they commit to safe, connected Quietway routes.

I would also commission a London-wide review with the aim of getting segregated cycle lanes onto vast stretches of our roads within a decade.

My other policies include:

·         extend 20 mph speed limits on TfL controlled roads in residential areas

·         new pedestrian and cycle links across the Thames, including Sustrans’ proposed bridge at Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf. 

·         expand Cycle Hire to Bermondsey and Rotherhithe and other areas 

·         pilot a rush hour ban on HGVs in Central London. 

·         mandate the use of river freight for construction to take HGVs off the road 

·         provide secure cycle parking at rail stations.

Finally I would ensure the annual spend of cycling rises to 3% of TfL’s budget – with every penny actually spent."

UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY

Peter Whittle has been selected as UKIP's candida

Peter Whittle

te for the 2016 mayoral election.

Peter Whittle

Peter is UKIP's Culture Spokesman and was UKIP's candidate for Eltham in the 2015 general election.

Visit Peter's website