London Cycling Campaign invites cyclists from across the UK to join The Big Ride on 28 April

Carnival atmosphere in prospect for ride in support of Love London, Go Dutch campaign days before mayoral election

by Simon_MacMichael   February 24, 2012  

Dog in bike basket (copyright Simon MacMichael)

The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) is inviting cyclists from across the UK to join it on Saturday 28 April for what it promises will be “the UK's biggest ever bike ride in support of safe and inviting streets for cycling.” Timed to take place just five days before the London Mayoral Elections, The Big Ride supports LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign.

Starting at Hyde Park, the ride will finish at Blackfriar’s Bridge, scene last year of a flashride that brought together 2,500 cyclists to call for improvements to junction design and the reversal of a decision to discontinue a temporary 20mph speed limit put in place during roadworks.

On the way, cyclists will pass by some of the capital’s most famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the Houses of Parliament.

Besides seeking to highlight the serious message of the Love London, Go Dutch campaign, there will also be a fun element to the day’s proceedings with entertainment planned for Hyde Park as well as a post-ride rally at Victoria Embankment.

Speakers there will reinforce the campaign’s message to the mayoral candidates – “that's it's time for radical change in London to redesign busy roads, residential and shopping streets, and major junctions to make them safe for cycling,” as LCC puts it.

More than 8,000 people have already signed the petition, and if you haven't done so yet, you can add your name here.

Besides cyclists, walkers, skaters and rollerbladers are also very welcome to join, with LCC also reinforcing the carnival element to the day by inviting people to wear fancy dress or carry banners or flags.

“Yes, we’re riding because of the serious issue of the inadequate and often dangerous conditions for cycling in London,” it says, “but we’re also riding because we have a vision of how to make it so much better for cyclists, pedestrians and in fact everyone who lives in London.”

The Big Ride is provisionally set to depart from Hyde Park at noon, with arrival at Blackfriars anticipated for 2pm, but those timings have not been finalised yet so be sure to check on the LCC website nearer the time.
 

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first line of your header in bold reads 28th january not april as in the title.

posted by mrwilliamson [2 posts]
24th February 2012 - 13:21

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Fixed, thanks

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8002 posts]
24th February 2012 - 13:38

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Nice bit of Cycle Chic in the photo!

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posted by Doctor Fegg [133 posts]
24th February 2012 - 14:48

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About time London had a proper cycle day... like Skyride but with purpose and without Sky. In the diary.

posted by fluffy_mike [79 posts]
24th February 2012 - 15:16

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The dog is not wearing a helmet and nor does it have a high visibility coat.

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24th February 2012 - 18:09

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