Space for Cycling Local Election Campaign 2014
Our Space for Cycling campaign aims to improve quality of life for all, by making local streets safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.
In 2014, ahead of the local council elections in May, we called on every candidate to support safer cycling in their area and asked them to back a specific local improvement identified by our local groups. 50% of candidates agreed to do this, which translated to 45% of Councillors who were elected. That's a huge, 840 Councillors who support Space for Cycling!
The local, high priority cycle improvements for each electoral ward in London can be veiwed on our interactive campaign map. The improvements range from making sure there are safe cycle routes to a named local school to installing a physically protected cycle lane on a named major road. Most of the suggested measures fell in one of these 6 categories:
- lowering vehicle speeds
- removing through motor traffic on minor/residential streets
- installing physically protected space for cycling on main roads
- opening up our green areas for cycling
- creating safe cycle routes to schools
- improving London's town centres to make them easier to visit by bike
Thousands of LCC members and supporters across London supported the campaign by writing to their candidates, asking them to support the local measure identified in their ward. You can read what happened here.
Our councils control a staggering 95% of London’s streets. They have the power to create safe Space for Cycling in every neighbourhood. The local elections were a golden opportunity to make sure the people who represent us heard this message and showed their support for Space for Cycling. A huge 50% of all candidates standing supported Space for Cycling, thanks to the amazing efforts from our supporters! This translated into an incredible 43% of elected councillors who agreed to implement a specific local cycling improvement. Our task now is to make sure this happens.
Our amazing, committed teams of local volunteers identified the single, local, high priority measure that should be taken to create safe space for cycling in every single electoral ward in London – that’s an incredible 629 measures in total! Read about how they did this. They will now be working with councillors to make sure that the measures identified are realised.
The local elections on 22 May 2014 were a crucial opportunity to aim to influence the way our neighbourhood streets are designed to make them safe for cycling and walking.
Our Local Groups, one in each London borough are now working hard in your local area to make sure this happens. If you want to find out what they're up to or help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your Local Group directly.
Visit our Space for Cycling campaign website to download materials and find out more.
Support for Space for Cycling
Our Space for Cycling, 2014 Local Elections campaign was officially supported by Evans Cycles, the Bicycle Association, the Dutch National Embassy, and other organisations such as the Birmingham Cycling Campaign and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign.
When did the Space for Cycling campaign begin?
We launched our Space for Cycling (also referred to as #space4cycling) campaign immediately after the death of 20-year-old student Philippine de Gerin-Ricard at Aldgate on Friday 5 July 2013, telling Mayor Boris Johnson, Transport for London and the media that Londoners need dedicated "space for cycling" to keep them safe.
1500 people attended the first peaceful Space for Cycling protest ride from Tower Hill to Aldgate, which took place a week after the fatal crash on Friday 12 July.
Just 10 days later, on 15 July, 45-year-old Alan Neve was killed cycling through Holborn, and we renewed our call for 'Space for Cycling', organising a second protest ride in just 24 hours, which was attended by 2500 people.
Both protest rides were filmed by live TV crews from the BBC and ITV, as well as national and regional print and online media.
With the widespread interest in and support for our Space for Cycling campaign, we organised a third protest ride for 2 September, to coincide with the Get Britain Cycling debate at the Houses of Parliament.
5000 people took part in a magnificent rally that encircled the Houses of Parliament with cyclists from all walks of life riding for the cause.
At Bow roundabout, LCC managed to rally together 1000 people in just a matter of hours, all of whom were sending a message to the Mayor that cycling deaths are unacceptable.
Read about the four protests:
You can read our candidate engagement policy here.
Space for Cycling Success so far
- support for removing the dangerous Holborn one-way system, prioritising safety over motor traffic capacity
- allowing cyclists to use a previously-banned contraflow bus lane to avoid the Holborn one-way system
- redirecting heavy inner ring-road motor traffic around Aldgate away from Cycle Superhighway 2
- renewing his pledge to upgrade Cycle Superhighway 2 to make it genuinely safe for cycling