Road danger reduction
We were promoting ideas such as 20mph speed limits over a decade ago when they were considered radical. Now they're commonplace and the default residential area speed limit in several boroughs.
Similarly, in the 1990s when 'road safety' meant keeping kids indoors and wrapping cyclists in bigger headgear and more high-viz, we were promoting real road danger reduction: a committment to removing the danger from motor vehicles, not blaming the victims
At the same time we’ve helped promote professional standards for cycle training, and our constant lobbying helped ensure that every child in London has free access to cycle training, and all adults also enjoy free or subsidised training from their borough council.
And it's thanks to us, working with other campaigners such as CTC, that helmet-wearing isn't compulsory in the UK. Every few years, another well-meaning but misguided Member of Parliament tries to get compulsion (rather than free choice, which we support) onto the statute books, and we use our knowledge and experience to win the arguments. It's happened before, and we'll probably have to do it again.
London Cycling Maps
In the 2000s we worked with then mayor Ken Livingstone to produce the London Cycling Guides, free maps of to help cyclists, of which several million have been given out in the last decade. These immensely successful maps – which are still going strong – would not have been possible without the detailed local knowledge of LCC members who put advised on the cycle routes. Thanks to LCC members you can get a map showing recommended cycle routes for every part of London.
Fending off misguided laws
It’s thanks to us, working with other campaigners such as CTC, that helmet-wearing isn't compulsory in the UK.
Every few years, another well-meaning but misguided Member of Parliament tries to get compulsion (rather than choice, which we support) on to the statute books - we use our knowledge and experience to win the arguments, especially making the case that compulsion will reduce public health and hence actually increase early deaths.
It's happened before, and we'll probably have to deal with it again.
Another recurring battle is when authorities demand new laws to impound bikes parked to street furniture.
Only a couple years ago, we fought in the House of Lords and won, making sure your bikes won't be removed without warning by your local council. It wasn't the first time, and it might not be the last.
And when Ken Livingstone seriously brought up bike registration when he was mayor, we were the ones who countered the proposal with rational arguments.
Working with other campaigners like the local LCC group Lambeth Cyclists and tge Wheels for Wellbeing all-ability cycling group, we persuaded Lambeth council to remove the 'no cycling' signs from the South Bank in favour of 'considerate cycling'.
We'll continue to stand up for sensible rights of access to traffic-free zones, which are particularly important for novice cyclists, children and those with disabilities.
No More Lethal Lorries
With the huge accumulated experience of its members to draw on LCC provided the expert advice TfL needed to run its major campaigns to educate cyclists on how to avoid danger from HGVs.
But the main focus of our lorry campaign has been to insist on cycle training for all London council lorry drivers.
As a result of our efforts, the Mayor now accepts the importance of HGV safety and is pushing for boroughs to use cycle funding for cycle-awareness training for lorry drivers.
We've just collected 10,000 petition signatures to push for lorry driver cycle-awareness training and, for the first time. generated high level cross-party support to urgently tackle this, the single biggest cause of cyclist deaths in London.
We were putting a London-wide Cycle Hire scheme on the agenda as far back as 2007, and were instrumental in pressuring all four mayoral candidates to commit to the scheme.
There have now been millions of journeys on Hire bikes, and we’re pressing for the scheme to be extend to more areas of London.
Skyride: Europe's largest car-free festival
Not a lot of people know this but it was our Vice-Chair David Love who first pitched the idea of what was then called Freewheel to the previous Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.
The rest, as they say, is history, with Freewheel – now Skyride – being one of the biggest mass participation annual rides in the world.
And every year, we lead rides from the suburbs to the event, guiding thousands of novice cyclists safely to the city centre and then home again.
Beat the Thief
As a result of our campaigning, the Cycle Task Force was created, funded by TfL. The team tackles the problem of stolen and vandalised bikes in London as well as cycle safety awareness.
Via the Community Cycling Fund for London and other sources, we’ve distributed and managed more than £1 million in grants to local cycling projects, which get more people on bikes.
In difficult economic times, we've kept these funding sources for local people alive when many other similar projects have been cut.
One scheme in particular, the Agewell on Wheels project which teaches over-50s to cycle, has grown under our auspices from a single project in Hammersmith and Fulham to now bringing the benefits of cycling to the over 50s in 10 boroughs across London.
As a result of all of this, thousands more people from all walks of life are getting more out of life through using, fixing or recycling bikes.
Back in the day
As far back as the dark days (for cycling at least) of the 70s, when LCC was formed, we were promoting cycling as a normal mode of transport when most people thought it was only for kids, the impoverished and cranks.
Our members took part in some of the earliest street protests against the notion that the purpose of transport policy to enable more and more people to drive cars, more often.
These protests included (and still include) the monthly Criticial Mass.
We were one of the first campaign groups to articulate the idea that walking cycling and public transport should be prioritised over car use to help London become a safer, greener, more cohesive and pleasant city.
We were the ones callling for the hideous one-way systems of the 1970s to be scrapped, years before the politicians realised the truth in our words.
The Shoreditch triangle around Old Street was made two-way again after years of lobbying from our members in Hackney.
Dangerous gyratories are now being made two-way again regularly: with New Cross Gate, Brixton and Tottenham Hale the most recent examples.