South Bank cycling, action on lorries, car-free festival, community projects

South Bank

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.

Cycle Hire

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 has been created, funded by TfL. The team tackles the problem of stolen and vandalised bikes in London as well as cycle safety awareness. The team has marked 5,000 bikes, made nearly 20 arrests for bike theft and reunited many Londoners with their stolen bikes.

Building communities

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.

Olympics

A missing link for cyclists is now being built in the River Lea route from Waltham Abbey to the Thames. Without this route cyclists would have been forced to cross several lanes of traffic under the Bow flyover.