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.
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.
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.