In 2016, we asked Mayoral candidates to commit to tripling mileage of protected cycle tracks, safer ‘Direct Vision’ lorries and town centre schemes in every borough
We won commitments from all six main Mayoral candidates: Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat); George Galloway (Respect); Sadiq Khan (Labour); Sophie Walker (Women’s Equality Party); Sian Berry (Green); Zac Goldsmith (Conservative). The result was that Mayor Sadiq Khan had committed to and rapidly started to move on his pledge.
All three pledges have seen significant movement.
The original three items we asked Mayoral candidates to commit to read as follows:
LCC secured a huge investment in cycling at the last Mayoral election. But London urgently needs more high-quality, protected space on main roads and at junctions – these places force cyclists to mix with heavy or fast moving motor traffic, which can put people off cycling. Our next Mayor must triple the number of miles of protected cycle lanes on London’s roads, so that people of all ages and abilities can access the whole road network by bike.
‘Mini-Holland’ schemes create cycle-friendly town-centres. They encourage people to make local journeys by bike or on foot, help regenerate communities, and bring more customers to local businesses. We’ve already secured new schemes in Waltham Forest, Enfield, and Kingston. Now we want every borough to get its very own Mini-Holland.
Lorries are the largest vehicles on our streets and pose the greatest risk to cyclists – their design restricts the driver’s vision. London’s next Mayor must act fast to end lorry danger. This must include upgrading the Safer Lorry Scheme, procurement policies, and using planning powers over major construction projects, so that only the safest lorries, with ‘Direct Vision’ cabs and minimal ‘blind spots’ are allowed onto London’s streets.
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