On local election day, the London Cycling Campaign celebrated gaining support for Space for Cycling from half of London’s local election candidates.
After analysing the election results, we’re celebrating the fact that 791 of the 1845 new councillors (43%) are Space for Cycling supporters.
- 14 borough councils now have a majority of councillors supporting Space for Cycling.
- There are 7 councils where 100% of the governing party back Space for Cycling.
LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said, “Nearly 800 councillors are now committed to implementing our Space for Cycling improvements in their local areas, and 14 boroughs now have a majority of councillors supporting our campaign.”
“Those who support Space for Cycling are most certainly not fringe candidates or parties with no hope of power; rather, they’re politicians and parties that control our local streets and are now committed to making local streets safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.
“This is a fantastic achievement for our local volunteers, who devised our local cycling improvements, and for the thousands of our supporters who messaged their local candidates calling on them to support local Space for Cycling.”
“We expect councillors to prioritise their Space for Cycling commitments, and start working with council officers to implement these specific local cycling improvements as soon as possible.”
· In 14 boroughs (Barnet, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest), a majority of councillors are committed to Space for Cycling.
· In 10 boroughs (Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest) more than half of the councillors in the governing party have committed to Space for Cycling - of these 10 boroughs, 9 are Labour-controlled and 1 is independent (Tower Hamlets).
· In 9 boroughs, (Barking & Dagenham, Brent, Enfield, Greenwich, Haringey, Hounslow, Kingston upon Thames, Newham, and Southwark) between a quarter and a half of councillors in the governing party support Space for Cycling - of these 9 boroughs, 8 are Labour-controlled and 1 is Conservative (Kingston upon Thames).
· There are now 96 Conservative councillors supporting Space for Cycling, including 32 that form part of governing councils
· There are 59 Liberal Democrat councillors, with 5 forming part of the Lib Dem's only council in Sutton.
Over coming months, the London Cycling Campaign will continue to lobby the newly formed councils and local politicians to ensure their commitments to the electorate are fulfilled.
Our fantastic network of Local Groups and volunteers were at the heart of our Space for Cycling campaign. They identified the local cycling improvements we are calling for in each borough.
Many of them were busy campaigning in your neighbourhood ahead of the elections. Following the elections in May 2014, they will be working to ensure that the elected councillors who supported Space for Cycling, live up to their promises!
Why not go along to a local group meeting and help them do this?
Our local groups are always looking for new members and volunteers to help them so why not think about joining? You could join one of their social rides, or go along to a monthly group meeting to say hello.