'Space for Cycling' is a campaign created by the London Cycling Campaign in the summer of 2013 in response to the anger and frustration at the continued cyclist fatalities on London's streets. Read about the three protests: Space for Cycling Aldgate, Space for Cycling Holborn and Space for Cycling Parliament.
- protected space for cycling on main roads, including segregated tracks and cyclist-specific traffic lights
- reduced risk to cycling on minor roads, such as removing through motor traffic and 20mph speed limits.
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.
Space for Cycling: successes
- 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
Space for Cycling: what next?
We invite you to get involved, and there are many ways you can do this.
The local elections in May 2014 are a crucial opportunity to influence the way our neighbourhood streets are designed to make them safe for cycling and walking.
Our Space for Cycling campaign will continue through to 2014, when we and our supporters will pressure every councillor and local election candidate to make our local streets safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.