Campaigners celebrate as half London's council election candidates back local Space for Cycling

The Big Ride 2014

As voters went to the polls today, the London Cycling Campaign was celebrating gaining the support of half of London's council election candidates for its call for Space for Cycling in local streets.

3370 candidates (from 6776) have committed to support specific measures to improve local streets and make them safer and more inviting for cycling.

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 cartoon, guerrilla 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

> 50% of London's local election candidates backing Space for Cycling

> 90,000 messages sent by Londoners to their local politicians

> 629 ward-specific demands for local cycling improvements decided by local people

> Messages sent to politicians from our supporters in 100% of electoral wards

> 58 borough-wide political parties backing Space for Cycling en masse

> 15 boroughs in which more than half the local election candidates back Space for Cycling

> Hackney: highest level of support from 99% of local election candidates

> 5000 people joined the Big Ride in central London on Sat 17 May

> Percentage support in Greater London by party:

Cons         21%

Green       100%

Labour      57%

Lib Dem    56%

UKIP         4%