The sustainable transport charity Sustrans has welcomed the new Labour Mayoral candidate’s manifesto, with its focus on cleaner air and cycle infrastructure.
Sadiq Khan, who is campaigning on the Labour ticket against main rival Zac Goldsmith for the Tories, has published his manifesto, which includes pedestrianising more areas and continuing the Cycle Superhighway Programme, investing in new routes and focussing on segregated provision.
Acting Director of Sustrans London, Matt Winfield, said:"Promising more segregated cycle lanes, quieter routes on back streets, action on dangerous junctions and safer lorries are all positive steps. As is support for Sustrans’ much-needed bike bridge over the Thames between Rotherhithe and the Isle of Dogs.
"Our growing city will get ever more crowded, congested and polluted unless we take bold steps to make green travel more viable.
"Making our streets safer will encourage more Londoners to ride or walk, freeing up space on the Tube and buses."
In his manifesto, Khan writes: “Our most pressing environmental challenge is cleaning up London’s air. I know from personal experience that the city’s air is damaging people’s health, as I suffer from adult-onset asthma. So many pollution hotspots in the city are around schools, exposing our children to dangerously polluted air, and putting them at greater risk of respiratory conditions like mine.”
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Specifically on cycling, he says that he will:
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.