Show your support too on a mass participation ride today

More than a third of London’s local election candidates have backed the principles of the London Cycling Campaign’s Space for Cycling movement, suppported by more than 75,000 Londoners.

2,555 potential London candidates have pledged their support for the campaign, with 99 per cent of Hackney’s candidates signing up - reflecting the borough’s status as London’s cycling capital.

In four more boroughs - Islington, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Croydon - support has been gained from over two-thirds of candidates.

In a further 8 boroughs over half the candidates are supporting the call for local Space for Cycling measures - Camden, Haringey, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham and Waltham Forest.

London Cycling Campaign Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said, “We’re thrilled to have the support of over a third of London's local election candidates, including all Greens, and over a third of Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates.

"Our call for council's to make our streets are safe and inviting for everyone to cycle is clearly resonating with borough politicians in way that hasn’t happened before – and we look forward to new councils being composed of more cycling supporters than ever before.

"We invite all Londoners to join tomorrow's Big Ride in central London to put more pressure on all our politicians to support safe Space for Cycling in streets throughout the capital."

In the run-up to the local elections. LCC identified 629 essential improvements to local streets (one for every electoral ward) that would make cycling safer and more inviting, and since 7 April has been inviting supporters to email their local election candidates asking them to support these local cycling improvements.

Over 75,000 emails have been sent to local election candidates calling for them to back local Space for Cycling, with a third of candidates backing our demands.

100% of Greens candidates London-wide are supporting the campaign, in contrast to only 0.2% of UKIP candidates.

The Space for Cycling campaign will receive a massive boost today with a number of planned rides and rallies across the country.

In London the mass participation event starts in Park Lane, with crowds gathering from 11am for a midday start, and from 1pm there'll be a rally on the Embankment with guest speakers.

There’ll be a car free route taking in Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square - and it’s billed as a family friendly ride with experienced ride marshals.

In Leeds everyone is welcome to take part and participants are encouraged to ‘bling up’ their bikes for a a circuit of the city centre followed by a three-mile ride to Kirkstall Abbey for a picnic.

Rides are also taking place in Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester and Bristol; for full details click here.


After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.


Paul M [363 posts] 3 years ago

Do you not think it a scandal that the other two thirds don't? And it is not just the "usual suspects" of Tory and UKIP - quite a few Libdems and Labour candidates haven't responded positively, while an honourable few tories have.

outcastjack [9 posts] 3 years ago
Paul M wrote:

Do you not think it a scandal that the other two thirds don't? And it is not just the "usual suspects" of Tory and UKIP - quite a few Libdems and Labour candidates haven't responded positively, while an honourable few tories have.

Proof that despite my prejudices about parties there seems to be prats and reasonable people in all of them... Except UKIP who just go down in my estimation every time I hear anything they say.

severs1966 [415 posts] 3 years ago

Election promises?

Does anyone actually, seriously believe that any of these candidates will actually come up with the goods once they are in power?

There is no stronger force in the universe that makes politicians lie quite so ardently as the struggle to gain, and hold, power.

A costed design with a timescale, on paper, with diagrams. That's what it takes to make me believe that they aren't all equally guilty of saying "popular with the electorate? I will state that I support that".

They might just as well say that they "support" Russia pulling out of Ukraine, or "support" the abolition of fracking in northern Australia.

The candidates that have not pledged "support" are the ones who do not actually believe this issue to be a vote-winner compared to whatever other hot buttons are turning up in their email inboxes this week.

Carry on campaigning everyone... good on you for your efforts. It will take more than this election to start saving innocent lives on our own streets.

arfa [855 posts] 3 years ago

It is a very long haul but at least it is on the political agenda.
As ever, politicians are afraid of alienating their core voting block, the motorist. Space4cycling needs to be clearer that it is about urban change, where car drivers have a genuine choice of infrastructure and not about rural driving. Then the argument can focus on health/economic/environmental arguments. For example, who would argue using a vehicle designed to travel most efficiently at c 50mph is a sensible choice when urban average speeds are 12-14mph ? Why is it acceptable for a single occupancy vehicle to be used to commute in when that choice lowers the air quality for everyone ? How do you plan for population growth & mass transportation? How do you start to address woefully low levels of activity in the general population?
There needs to be a lot more carrot and sadly more stick, as addictions are hard to end. I will accept that stick is very hard as vehicle taxation is highly regressive, hitting poorer pockets hardest.
Still, the message is getting louder but it is time to start presenting the arguments in a way that only the selfish and self obsessed can argue against positive propositions.

fluffy_mike [103 posts] 3 years ago

True, a promise from a politician doesn't guarantee action, but if you don't even have a promise, what chance do you have?

Start by getting a commitment, and then work even harder to hold them to it.

That's politics...