Cycle registration could halt cycle growth in London

An unworkable scheme to register cycles in London and fit them with number plates could bring the welcome growth in London cycling to a sharp halt.

Mayor of London proposes registering cyclists

The scheme was proposed by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, speaking on the radio on the 27th of July 2006. Livingstone announced plans to use a Private Bill in Parliament to compel cyclists in London to be registered to a particular bicycle and for that bike to display a registration plate that can be monitored by cameras.

LCC expresses its dismay

The London Cycling Campaign has written to Ken Livingstone expressing its dismay at the proposal which could undo efforts by the Mayor, Transport for London and organisations like London Cycling Campaign to reduce congestion and pollution in the capital.

Problems with registration

Registration will be costly, complex and bureaucratic. It will also be a cost barrier for those considering taking up cycling, especially those on low incomes.  Simon Brammer LCC’s director said “There is no doubt that licensing would deter many occasional cyclists and those who are considering taking up cycling. In particular it would have an impact on those who may be unable to afford the cost of a licence. A better way to encourage safe and considerate cycling is cycle confidence training in line with National Standards.”

More cycling benefits London

LCC has been pleased to see the capital benefiting from the recent increases in cycling. There is less traffic congestion, less pollution and less traffic noise as more people enjoy the health advantages of walking and cycling.

Cycling training, not costly licensing schemes, is the way forward. Click on "Join LCC" to improve facilities for cyclists by joining us today. You can join here or by phoning 020 7234 9310.

If you want to express your views to Ken Livingstone  you can download a draft letter to Ken from the link on the right. There is also a draft letter to send to your London Assembly Member.

The Postal Address for Ken is:

Ken Livingstone, Mayor, Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA