Vote for walking and cycling: Connect2 needs you!

Lorraine Kelly in support of the local Connect2 scheme in South Bermondsey disused Rail Bridge Link Credit: Tim Walker/Southwark

LCC is encouraging everyone to get online to support Sustrans' Connect2, and transform walking and cycling locally and across the UK.

By visiting the People's 50 Million website and voting for Sustrans' Connect2, everyone can help bring new local travel routes to their doorstep, making it easier for Londoners to walk and cycle for everyday journeys. Internet voting is open now and closes at 12 noon on Monday 10 December.

Communities around the UK, including those in London, would benefit from the sustainable transport charity winning the £50 million grant in the Big Lottery Fund's: The People's £50 Million contest. Connect2 would build bridges, walking and cycling links, and even reinstate a ferry, giving people easier and healthier access to their schools, workplaces, shops, parks and countryside. Connect2 is competing against 3 other organisations, with the winner being decided by public vote.
One and a half million Londoners live within a mile of the capital's six schemes at Bermondsey, Bethnal Green, Croydon, Havering, Islington and Paddington. They include a traffic-free connection between Southwark and Lewisham, a route from Bethnal Green to the Olympic Park, and new routes for Islington, including to the Emirates Stadium. London's Mayor Ken Livingstone, Olympic Transport Director Hugh Sumner, Jon Snow and Wayne Hemingway are among other high-profile supporters, and British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK are also backing Connect2.

Nearly two thirds of all car journeys are less than five miles. It is estimated that 79,000 tonnes of carbon emissions could be saved each year in the UK, if Connect2 wins the public vote to secure this Lottery funding.

Broadcaster Jon Snow said: "I'm backing Sustrans' Connect2 Lottery bid to bring us some good news about local travel. Connect2 will make a real difference to communities across the UK, giving more people, including schoolchildren and commuters, the chance to travel in ways which benefit their health and the environment. I hope you'll also support Connect2."

Sustrans' London director, Carl Pittam, said: "Three years ago the National Cycle Network was voted Britain's favourite large-scale, lottery-funded project. Connect2 will build on the NCN and provide local opportunities for people to combat two of the most pressing issues facing us - obesity and climate change. We ask anyone who would like to see local travel transformed in London to vote for Connect2 in December."

Sustrans' Chief Executive John Grimshaw said: "London has always been open to groundbreaking ideas, and I am asking Londoners to support Connect2: it is an investment in our health, and the health of our environment, not only now - but for generations to come. Vote for Sustrans' Connect2, and get your friends, family and colleagues to do the same."

Each of the bids will be highlighted in programmes on ITV1 in the week commencing 3 December. Sustrans' Connect2 will be featured on Tuesday 4 December*. The winner will be announced on 12 December.

For more information about Connect2 visit the website by following the link on the right, call 0845 058 1373 or text Connect2 to 80010.

Click on the link below and vote for Connect2: