Help turn the Space for Cycling campaign national

Turn the Space for Cycling campaign map green by asking your local councillor to adopt simple pro-cycling measures

by Sarah Barth   June 29, 2014  

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The Space for Cycling campaign is spreading from London and other major UK cities to become a national institution thanks to efforts by the CTC and the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) to enlist ordinary people to lobby their local councils for better cycling provision.

Encouraging cyclists to engage with their councillors, the CTC is mapping data about which councillors have signed up to the Space for Cycling manifesto here.

The Space For Cycling campaign includes measures such as:

  • lowering vehicle speeds
  • removing through motor traffic on minor/residential streets
  • installing physically protected space for cycling on main roads
  • opening up our green areas for cycling
  • creating safe cycle routes to schools
  • improving town centres to make them easier to visit by bike

Local authorities control the vast majority of the  of the roads budget in Britain but presently only a around 250 councillors have signed up to Space for Cycling’s aims.

To alert your local councillor to cycling issues, click here to be taken through the process.

So far over 12,000 people across Britain have written to their councillors calling on them to make space for cycling with the question: “Will you support space for cycling in your area, and seek the funding needed to make it happen?”

The map of engagement is patchy at the moment; check out how your local council is doing by zooming in on individual wards.

In London, the LCC targeted candidates prior to London elections in May. Over 2,500 local election candidates backed the 629 ward-specific Space for Cycling measures to improve local streets for cycling - and as a result 43 per cent of the newly elected London councillors already support the idea, along with 36 per cent of those in Newcastle and 20 per cent in Manchester.

Space for Cycling rides took place across the country last month with around 5,000 cyclists taking to the streets of London in a Big Ride. Similar rides were organised in other major cities across England, including Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.

 

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Wow, Newcastle upon Tyne is the only city outside London to go green so far.

posted by Initialised [104 posts]
30th June 2014 - 8:38

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I've clicked through the site, and it works well - within 24hrs I had a response from my local councillor that cares, and nothing from the other three that are just there for free tea and biscuits, apparently.

My local community lost out on 400k worth of funding to get a cycle path between the local town and City due to lack of local involvement, and the local councillors also did not press for 17million on a 750million bypass to make it cycle friendly - indeed the new road is cars/lorry only with cycles being specifically excluded. And they will continue to do this unless people get involved and ask for reasonable consideration.

So, please get involved - don't ask don't get!

posted by Trull [55 posts]
1st July 2014 - 7:31

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