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Labour's mayoral candidate is the first of the frontrunners to agree to the London Cycling Campaign's Sign for Cycling agenda, which includes a Mini Holland for each borough and reducing blind spot HGVs in the capital...

Sadiq Khan, the Labour Party’s candidate for Mayor of London, has today pledge to triple cycling infrastructure in the capital, as well as giving each of London’s 32 boroughs the chance of its own Mini Holland and reducing numbers of lethal HGVs on the roads.

By agreeing to the London Cycling Campaign’s Sign for Cycling three point agenda, Khan become the first of the front runners to commit to do so, should he be elected in the May 5 Mayoral elections.

Khan says he is “proud” to support the campaign, after candidates of the Green and Lib Dem parties signed up to the LCC campaign in recent weeks. Last week the Green Party’s Mayoral hopeful, Sian Berry, committed she would spend £1.5bn on cycling over her first term, if elected.

Next mayor must triple bike infrastructure, say campaigners

In a statement, Khan said: “I’m proud to support LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign, and will work towards achieving the campaign’s goals as part of my plans to make London a byword for cycling.

“In my Manifesto for all Londoners, I set out my intention to continue the Cycle Superhighway programme, with a focus on segregated provision. I will keep us on course to triple the extent of current provision and I’ll look at what’s working best from the existing schemes and make sure we deliver the best, safest road cycling network possible.”

He also said he will continue work, started during Boris Johnson’s tenure as Mayor, to improve town centres in outer London boroughs - dubbed “Mini Holland” schemes for their focus on making walking and cycling more attractive. Waltham Forest, Kingston and Enfield all received around £30m for their Mini Holland schemes after submitting winning bids to City Hall in 2013.

Khan said: “I’ll complete the roll out of the current town-centre cycling improvement plans, and begin a new round of schemes. I am committed to ensuring that every London borough that wishes to do so, and can produce a viable, high quality plan, has a fair opportunity to benefit from a Mini-Holland style scheme.”

HGVs are disproportionately responsible for cyclist deaths in the capital and the LCC has long campaigned for safer, direct vision lorries, where drivers’ cabs are moved down to street level with glass doors to design out the lethal blind spot which plays a key role in cyclist-lorry fatalities.

Khan said: “I will promote safer, cleaner lorries. I will work with the boroughs and using City Hall procurement to set new safety standards, work to make sure City Hall and TfL contracts specify ‘direct-vision’ lorries, and use planning and other powers available to me, so that the safest lorry types become the norm on London’s streets as soon as possible.

He said: “Making cycling a safer, and easier choice for Londoners to take is central to my vision of the greener, more modern, more affordable transport network that London needs. I look forward to working with cyclists, and all road users across London, to deliver it.”

LCC Chief Executive, Ashok Sinha, said: “Mr Khan’s pledges are just the sort of continuation of momentum from the present Mayor’s historic cycling programme that London needs. The London Cycling Campaign will make sure Mr Khan is held to properly to account for these promises, if elected, as well as assist him in the implementation.”

Sadiq Khan joins Caroline Pidgeon (LibDem), Sian Berry (Green) and Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party) in giving his commitment to LCC’s three-point Sign for Cycling agenda.

Last week Berry (Green) pledged to spend 15 per cent of London's transport budget on cycling and walking over her first term, if elected - amounting to £1.5bn over four years. This, she said would be paid for by cancelling road building projects including the Silvertown Tunnel, as well as introducing smart congestion charging, a "more effective Low EmissionsZone" and a workplace parking levy.

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ibike [164 posts] 1 year ago
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Excellent news. Well done LCC.

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emishi55 [143 posts] 1 year ago
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Good news at last though still a bit woolly...

“I’ll complete the roll out of the current town-centre cycling improvement plans, and begin a new round of schemes. I am committed to ensuring that every London borough that wishes to do so, and can produce a viable, high quality plan, has a fair opportunity to benefit from a Mini-Holland style scheme.”

Perhpas Zac will commit to a clearly defined plan for a network of Quietways and CS routes to ensure cycling in the capital is increased four fold by 2020?

Targets. Goals. Ambition. Vision.

 

Beyond everything else that's damage by the current transport system, the effects of climate change will cap it all. 

 

 

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unconstituted [2355 posts] 1 year ago
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And some folk will even believe it he'll do it and vote for him.

 

 

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bikebot [2120 posts] 1 year ago
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unconstituted wrote:

And some folk will even believe it he'll do it and vote for him.

More likely that he's just bagged a lot of second preference votes from green supporters.

 

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bikebot [2120 posts] 1 year ago
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Well the list of councillors who signed up for Space4Cycling, and then did absolutely nothing, or even went on to  oppose specific cycling provision is now quite long.

If you voted in London, you can see for yourself how many have failed to provide an update here - http://action.space4cycling.org/

Cycling hustings are on the 29th. Hopefully someone can get some commitments that actually nail the political jelly to the wall.  I could probably come up with a few Kingston questions that would make Zac fidget.

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emishi55 [143 posts] 1 year ago
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Greens were 100% behind S4C. Sian Berry has very a very good track record and manifesto commitment on cycling and sustainable tansport.   

I only hope she can pick up some more votes (currently behind UKIP, who've no qualms about their highly embarrassing cycling policies).

It is essential that Sian, along with Caroline Pidgeon (Lib Dems), get at least as far as the GLA - they will be needed to ensure whoever gets to be mayor is scrutinised and accountable.

Support for the Green mayoral campaign can be made here.

  

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olivergonegreen [1 post] 10 months ago
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About time. London has been an overcrowded place since I can remember, not to mention the traffic congestions and stuffed public transport. Everytime I come across that topic, a film with Julianne Moore and Clive Owen from 2006 comes to my mind - Children of Men. For those who haven't seen it - spoiler alert: it shows the future London in 2020 - overpopulated, run-down, the British Army being at war with the refugees, etc. For some reason or another part of me tends to apprehend that dark concept of the near future. But the other part believes that if we make everything in our power to make living in the city better with campaigns like this one, there's still hope. Thinking and acting in the right direction may have the butterfly effect in a good sense. It would be wonderful if there were more cycling areas that allow people to travel in a green and healthy way.

~Oliver,
digital and commucations manager at Rubbish Waste, London