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Our Space for Cycling campaign, is 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.
We are calling on every candidate in this year’s London borough council elections on May 22 to improve quality of life for all, by making local streets safe and inviting for everyone to cycle. We have developed a local, high priority cycle improvement for each electoral ward in London which will be calling on local candidates to support. They 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.
We want people across London to support the campaign and email their candidates.
You can find out exactly what we are calling for in your ward, and wards across London by visiting our interactive campaign map (this will go live on Monday 7th April).
These include measures such as:
- 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
Our councils control a staggering 95% of London’s streets. They have the power to create safe Space for Cycling in every neighbourhood. The upcoming local elections are a golden opportunity to make sure the people who represent us hear this message and declare their support for Space for Cycling. Please take action now.
Our amazing, committed teams of local volunteers have 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 624 measures in total! Read about how they did this
The local elections on 22 May 2014 are a crucial opportunity 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 working hard campaigning in your local area. If you want to find out what they're up to or join in, please email email@example.com or contact your Local Group directly.
Visit our Space for Cycling campaign website to download materials and find out more.
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:
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