What is Space for Cycling?

London Cycling Campaigns' elected Policy Forum developed six Space for Cycling policy measures or themes, which we believe are most important to make neighbourhoods safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.

These are:

  1. Safer routes to schools
  2. Areas without through motor traffic
  3. Protected space on main roads/major junctions
  4. Safe cycle routes through parks and green spaces
  5. 20mph speed limits
  6. Cycle-friendly Town Centres

Our six policy themes are the kinds of measures already shown to work in high-cycling cities and countries, and we want to see all these measures consistently applied across London.

We believe these measures will not only be good for people who cycle now (they will); they're also helpful in getting many more people cycling, and are also good for non-cyclists in that they help make our neighbourhoods more pleasant and prosperous places for everyone. All the themes are linked to creating the kind of cycling conditions that are hospitable to the young, the old, the nervous and the wobbly, as well as existing cyclists.

Our key aim is to guarantee safe space for cycling for Londoners of all ages and abilities.

Read about how our policy themes might apply in your local area

Read about our policy themes in more detail

Space for Cycling Campaign 

The Space for Cycling campaign is our opportunity to put these ideas on the table at a local level, and build support for them locally. Local Councillors are the key decision-makers on local street design. They, more than anyone else, have the power to make our local streets more cycle-friendly.

With the help of our members and supporters, we identified a single space for cycling measure (or improvement) we felt was needed in each ward (the smallest electoral sub-division) in London: this single measure is based on one of our policy themes, and we lobbied incumbent councillors and candidates to commit to putting that measure in place ahead of the 2014 local elections.

Campaigning at ward level meant our campaign was truly 'local' while at the same time promoting broader LCC policies that benefit the entire city.  Thanks to our Local Elections Campaign in 2014, we currently have 47% of Councillors supporting the local cycling improvements identified in their ward.

You can find out exactly what we are calling for in each electoral ward by visiting our Campaign Map