Space for Cycling 2014

The Big Ride 2014

From 7th April to 22nd May 2014, with the help of thousands of Londoners, we called on every candidate in the 2014 local council elections in London to support one specific action to create safe Space for Cycling in their local area. 

We developed 629 suggested cycle improvements – one per electoral ward, across 32 boroughs in London. These fell into one of 6 categories:

1. Safer Routes for schoolchildren

2. Areas without through motor traffic

3. Protected space on main roads/major junctions

4. Safe cycle routes via parks and canals 

5. 20mph speed limits

6. Liveable town centres

  • 84550 emails were sent by 6595 people to 6776 local election candidates calling on them to support the cycle improvement identified in their ward.
  • 3384 candidates (50% of the total number standing) across all the major political parties agreed to support Space for Cycling and the specific local cycling improvement identified by the London Cycling Campaign in their area.
  • Of the 1875 councillors elected, 811 pledged to support Space for Cycling and the local measure identified in their ward. That’s 43% of all elected councillors.

The support can be broken down by party as follows: 

 

  • 100% of Green candidates support Space for Cycling (846 of 846)
  • 56% of Labour candidates support Space for Cycling (1034 of 1847) 
  • 56% of Liberal Democrat  candidates support Space for Cycling (753 of 1339) 
  • 21% of Conservatives candidates support Space for Cycling (384 of 1808)
  • 4% of UKIP candidates support Space for Cycling(16 of 451)
  • 100% of TUSC candidates support Space for Cycling (209 of 209)
  • 100% of All People’s Party candidates support Space for Cycling (15 of 15)
  • 100% of Tower Hamlets First Party candidates support Space for Cycling (42 of 42)
  • 100% of Independent Labour candidates support Space for Cycling (46 of 46)
  • 100% of People Before Profit candidates support Space for Cycling (21 of 21)
  • 0% of Christian Alliance Party candidates support Space for Cycling (0 out of 54)
  • 21% ofIndependent / misc candidates support Space for Cycling (18 of 87)

LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said, “Persuading half of London's local politicians to support specific Space for Cycling measures in their neighbourhoods is a tremendous achievement.

"We thank our supporters for sending nearly 90,000 messages to politicians in all 629 electoral wards in the capital, encouraging thousands of individual politicians and local parties – many of whom have never seriously engaged with cycling issues before – to commit to improving conditions for cycling in local streets.

"Our next task is to engage with the thousands of candidates who have newly become councillors, and ensure that our borough councils have more cycling supporters than ever before."

LCC's eight-week Space for Cycling campaign successfully combined the latest online campaigning technology, hundreds of local volunteers, thousands of citywide suppporters, and a six-point policy platform.

Our custom website features details of all 629 ward-specific demands, which were decided by local people, as well as an online 'email your candidates' action tool, used by supporters to send nearly 90,000 messages to politicians.

The Big Ride ride and rally on Saturday 17 May 2014 around motor-traffic-free streets in central London attracted 5000 participants and major media coverage.

Other activities supporting the campaign included on-street protests during the Tube strike, a political cartoonguerrilla knitting, and a local campaign event in every borough.

LCC's Space for Cycling campaign was also adopted by numerous UK organisations, including CTC (the national cyclists' organisation) and cycling organisations in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield – who organised their own lobbying activities and rides in support of the Space for Cycling policy platform.

Campaign Highlights