London Cycling Campaign’s Big Ride sends ‘Go Dutch’ safety message

13:21 28 April 2012

The Big Ride cycle event taking place to send a safety message to mayoral candidates. Pic by London Cycling Campaign via Twitter

The Big Ride cycle event taking place to send a safety message to mayoral candidates. Pic by London Cycling Campaign via Twitter

Archant

Cyclists are today taking part in the Big Ride in central London to send a message to mayoral candidates that the capital needs safer streets for people to ride their bikes.

This four-mile traffic-free ride, for which roads have been closed, was organised by London Cycling Campaign.

The campaign’s chief executive Ashok Sinha said: “The Big Ride is our best chance to show the next mayor we’re serious about redesigning our streets to make them safer for everyone.

“Some of the mayoral manifestos show very weak commitments to cycling, so every person who comes to the Big Ride can help push safer cycling up the next mayoral agenda.”

Around 40 guided rides brought people to the event from all over London.

Participants were encouraged to dress themselves and their bikes in red and white and to bring music, bells and whistles to create a carnival atmosphere.

The ride met on Park Lane and will pass many of London’s most famous landmarks such as Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square.

It is due to end on the Victoria Embankment at 2pm.

The Big Ride supports LCC’s Love London, Go Dutch campaign, which calls on the mayoral candidates to make the city’s streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland.

Related articles

Latest London transportation news

Friday, February 12, 2016
Frost caused disruption to Southern and Southeastern trains this morning  (File photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Thousands of passengers between Kent and London were left frustrated this morning after a cold snap caused some frost.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Cambridge Circus at a standstill during this afternoon's demonstration (Picture: Fredrik Cornell / Twitter)

Thousands of London black cab drivers forced traffic in Whitehall, Piccadilly and surrounding roads to grind to a halt this afternoon as they staged a massive protest against mincab app Uber and government regulation of the industry.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
An AirItalia plane trying to land at London City Airport yesterday afternoon (Picture: YouTube)

Watch the terrifying moment a pilot was forced to abandon landing at London City Airport because of Storm Imogen’s blasts.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Southern and Thameslink services are delayed (Pic: Wikimedia Commons/  Sreejithk2000)

A signalling problem left trains immobile outside of London Bridge this morning, and is now causing delays of up to 20 minutes.

Monday, February 8, 2016
South West trains to and from Waterloo are also having problems (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The wet and windy weather may disrupt your journey home tonight - with London Bridge station and Southern, South West and Southeastern trains all affected.

Monday, February 8, 2016
File photo dated 24/3/2015 of a woman studies the Google driverless car model. Transport bosses in London are in

Ever had that daydream about sleeping on the drive to work? It may be coming true. Google is in ‘active discussions’ with London transport chiefs about bringing its driverless car trials to the capital.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Champagne experience

This Valentine’s Day, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the perfect destination for lovebirds, offering a range of romantic experiences from Friday 12th February - Sunday 14th February 2016.

Read more
Sony Smart Ultra HD 55'' LED TV

Enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience in your living room with the Sony Smart Ultra 55’’ LED TV. Be the envy of all your friends with this huge TV- you can change your living room into your own cinema! Get the boys around to watch the football or get the girls around to watch the DVD of 50 Shades.. this is a prize that everyone would enjoy! Stand a chance to upgrade your current entertainment system by wining this fantastic prize.

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport