GOOD NEWS! Zac Goldsmith backs Sign for Cycling
- By AmySummers_LCC on at 11:00am 26 April 2016
- Posted in: News and blogs, Take action, Successes, Press
- Tagged with: Sign for Cycling, Mayoral Elections, 2016, Zac Goldsmith
In a statement provided exclusively to the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) today, Conservative candidate for Mayor of London Zac Goldsmith joined his fellow front-runner Sadiq Khan in backing LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign.
Responding to the campaign’s call for all candidates to commit to: a tripling of the extent of the Cycle Superhighways programme, creating the opportunity for every borough to have a Mini-Holland scheme of cycling and walking, and to make sure “Direct Vision” lorries become the norm on London’s streets, Mr Goldsmith said he was “committed to achieving” this three-point agenda set by the Sign for Cycling campaign.
Reacting to the news LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said:
“London is the winner with this fantastic news. It means that both Zac Goldsmith and Sadiq Khan have now committed to meeting the three-point agenda of our Sign for Cycling campaign, and are promising to keep up the momentum achieved in recent years by Boris Johnson, in getting London cycling.
“This comes on top of the support for Sign for Cycling also received from Caroline Pidgeon, Sian Berry and Sophie Walker, meaning that whoever is elected more Londoners of all ages and abilities will be able to cycle safely and enjoyably for everyday journeys.
“London Cycling Campaign looks forward to working with Mr Goldsmith and holding him to account for this commitment, if he is elected”
Mr Goldsmith’s full statement is as follows:
"Boris made it his mission to get London on two wheels. He has delivered record levels of investment and thanks to him cycling in London has doubled over the past decade. I am absolutely committed to building on that legacy, and am committed to achieving the three-point agenda of LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign. Through my Action Plan for Greater London I will protect the cycling investment London so urgently needs.
"So I am delighted to say that I am committed to achieving the three-point agenda of LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign and, as Mayor, I will spend at least £100m a year in order to deliver more space for cycling; a mini Holland in every borough - provided communities are fully engaged in the design process - and also safer and fewer lorries.
"I am the only candidate that can promise investment in cycling."
Mayoral candidates Sadiq Khan (Labour), Zac Goldsmith (Conservative), Caroline Pidgeon (London Liberal Democrats), Sian Berry (Green Party), Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party), Peter Whittle (UKIP) and George Galloway (Respect) will debate cycling and other transport issues at a hustings jointly being held by the London Cycling Campaign and The Times on the morning of Friday 29th April.
LCC now calls on Mr Whittle and Mr Galloway to join the others attending the hustings by also giving their backing to Sign for Cycling’s three-point agenda.
You can tell the remaining Mayoral candidates that you want a city that is greener, healthier and easier to get about by Signing for Cycling.
If you've already signed, please consider making a donation or joining LCC as a member, to help us continue to fight for a cycling city after the Mayoral elections.