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Flagship schemes at risk due to well-organised pressure groups, campaigners say

The London Cycling Campaign is issuing a crowdfunding campaign to try to limit the damage it says it being done by “taxi drivers, anti-cycling councils, and groups of organised and well-resourced NIMBY residents” to important landmark cycling safety schemes.

The group says that hard-won plans like Tavistock Place, CS11 and Mini Hollands are all under threat, and without the new Fighting Fund For Cycling may never come to fruition.

LCC says the funds will pay to:

• Provide evidence that demonstrates how important the infrastructure in these schemes is for children, families, local residents and local businesses.

• Design and produce communications materials so residents know the schemes are under threat.

• Significantly step up lobbying of councils to get them to embrace cycling.

• Run social media campaigns to increase public awareness that the schemes are under threat.

• Build alliances with big organisations to educate them on the benefits of cycling and enable the voice of progressive organisations to be heard loud and clear by politicians and officers.

LCC has secured a pot of matched funding from major donors and cycling trade organisation, meaning that every donation LCC receives up to £5,000 will be doubled.

In other words, you donate £20 and LCC receives £40.

Interested in donating? Here’s how to get involved:

Donate by phone

Call us directly, and we can take a donation from your credit or debit card over the phone: 020 7234 9310
Donate by cheque

You can donate by sending a cheque made out to LCC and posted to Membership and Fundraising, London Cycling Campaign, 2 Newhams Row, London, SE1 3UZ
CAF

If you have a CAF account, you can also make a donation by sending a cheque to Membership and Fundraising, London Cycling Campaign, 2 Newhams Row, London, SE1 3UZ
Transfer from your bank

We can accept donations paid directly into our bank account. You will need LCC's bank details when requesting the transfer:

Sort code: 60-83-01
Account number: 20217925
Bank name: UNITY TRUST BANK plc

When making a bank transfer, please notify us  by emailing membership [at] lcc.org.uk with details of the date the transfer was made, the amount and also a reference for the transaction.
Make a regular donation

Making a regular monthly donation to LCC is one of the best ways of supporting our campaigning. Set up a regular donation here.

If you have any questions about making a donation to LCC, please contact the Membership Team on 020 7234 9310 or email membership [at] lcc.org.uk

 

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.

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ianrobo [1219 posts] 1 year ago
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this sounds a really good idea because we know how the press go to the LTDA at any whim and you have to counteract that somehow 

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Phil H [65 posts] 1 year ago
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Fanastic idea. We must fight the luddites. 

Given cyclepaths in The Netherlands only started in the late '70's, there is no reason London (& the rest of UK) can't acheive the same. There has been remarkable progress in a short time & the only way to keep it up is just this sort of thing. They'll be getting my £20. 

laugh

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burtthebike [1382 posts] 1 year ago
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An excellent initiative under the circumstances we find ourselves in in this country.  But the real question ought to be: why don't road schemes have to jump through the same hoops?

Most road schemes get approved on the basis of extremely questionable economic analysis of the benefit of time to drivers, so that a minute saved by a driver is sufficient to justify most schemes, and the negative consequences, environment, danger, pollution are all but ignored.

What is really needed is a proper analysis of all the effects of any scheme, not a system set up for the sole purpose of justifying more road building.