London Cycle Campaign lobby 6,000 election candidates on safety changes
Cycling campaigners have launched a project to lobby all 6,000 London local election candidates to support road safety improvements in every electoral ward.
The London Cycling Campaign has created a website which allows Londoners to message politicians ahead of polling in May and urging them to act on cycling.
In what it’s calling the ‘capital’s most hyper-local campaign ever’, using the latest online mapping and lobbying technology people enter their postcode to locate and email their council election candidates, calling for their support for the specific ‘Space for Cycling’ measure identified for their area.
LCC has worked with thousands of local residents as well as teams of volunteers in every borough to create 624 demands for local cycling improvements in Greater London.
They include installing protected cycle lanes in a newly created Bradley Wiggins Way in Kilburn, redesigning Wimbledon’s town centre to be walking and cycling-friendly, and cutting the speed limit to 20mph in Carlton Hill in Abbey Road.
The launch comes just days after another cyclist was killed on London’s streets, the third of 2014.
A 53-year-old truck driver was arrested after the crash at Ludgate Circus in the City of London on Thursday, April 3.
Protest group Stop Killing Cyclists held a demonstration at Westminster last week, urging more local boroughs to invest in safety measures such as segregated cycle lanes.
LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said their proposals will ‘dramatically change the character of London streets for everyone’s benefit’.
“Council elections should be about local issues, and our Space for Cycling campaign will focus local politicians, and would-be councillors, on making our neighbourhoods safer and more inviting for everyone to cycle and walk,” he added.
“This is a non-partisan, grass-roots campaign.
“Our amazing volunteer teams have used their local knowledge to identify the 624 measures to be taken - one in each ward - and we call on politicians from all parties to give these measures their support.”
To get involved see the Space4Cycling website.