Which mayoral candidate is most cycle-friendly?

Vote cycling on May 1st

LCC has been lobbying Mayoral and Assembly candidates to make strong commitments to cycling in London. Our candidate comparison of major contenders shows key differences of vision between them on issues of cycling, transport and making London a more liveable city.

While the leading four candidates all declare their support for cycling, Ken and Sian are ahead of Boris and Brian on critical policies, like removal of gyratories and controlling traffic speeds, that are major barriers to cycling.

LCC’s analysis is based on candidate responses to LCC’s cycling manifesto, the candidates’ transport policies and a series follow-up e-mails, calls and meetings.

Sian Berry (Green) and Ken Livingstone (Labour) support removal of the huge gyratory systems which are the biggest barriers to cycling and walking; both also back 20mph as the standard speed limit in London boroughs.

Boris Johnson (Conservative) wants London to be the world’s greenest city and like Livingstone wants a ‘modal shift’ to sustainable transport but only backs 20mph zones ‘where appropriate.’ 

Brian Paddick (Lib Dem) agrees on 20mph limits on residential and most shopping streets.

Berry and Livingstone will not allow motorbikes in bus lanes because of the potential danger to pedestrians and cyclists. Paddick and Johnson will open up all bus lanes to motorbikes which will increase danger for walkers and cyclists and boost the number of motorbikes on streets. 

On funding Livingstone has promised £500 million for cycling over ten years, Berry says she’ll spend more (£150m a year by 2012) and Paddick says he’ll match the £500m. Johnson says he’ll spend £2 million on cycle parking and ‘so our budget will exceed the TfL budget.

The measures that all candidates support include a Mass Bike Hire Scheme; Better cycle parking; Tougher action to stop bike theft; Reduction of road traffic crime; Cycle training for kids; Completion of the London Cycle Network plus; Active travel to public events; and a Tube style bike map of key bike routes. Ken Livingstone has additionally proposed ‘cycling corridors’ into Central and Inner London, as well as ‘Bike Zones’ around local town centres. Sian Berry and Brian Paddick both support these measures. Johnson backs the corridors but not the zones.

You can read our main candidate comparison chart, plus the responses to our cycling manifesto from the four main candidates, the Left List and the Christian Alliance Party, by following the links on the right.