Published 12 April 2012
Londoners should use their vote on 3 May to ensure that cycling is put at the heart of the capital’s transport policy British Cycling said today, as it launched a survey giving cyclists the chance to tell Mayoral candidates what their priorities should be.
Martin Gibbs, British Cycling’s Policy and Legal Affairs Director, said:
“London has made progress in recent years but there is still a whole lot more that can be done to transform the capital into a true cycling city, as we’ve seen happen in Copenhagen. We want to make sure cyclists’ views are heard by all candidates – that’s why we’re asking people to complete our survey, to ensure that the issues that matter the most are taken to the highest level.
“The fact that cycling plays a prominent part in all candidates’ manifestos is testament to the good work that has been done to put cycling at the top of the agenda. Initiatives like our Road Safety Report and campaigns by The Times and the London Cycling Campaign have ensured that the momentum has kept building.”
The survey, which asks cyclists to name the issue that should be top of candidates’ lists, takes less than 30 seconds to complete. The results will be made public on 30 April to coincide with the cycling hustings event. British Cycling will attend and views from the survey will be put to the candidates.
Olympic champion Nicole Cooke MBE and British Cycling President Brian Cookson OBE called on Mayoral candidates earlier this year to push them to outline their specific plans to transform cycling in the capital. All candidates have now published their manifestos, including specific cycling policy proposals. The manifestos can be accessed at the following links:
Boris Johnson’s transport manifesto (see pages 35/36) plus his letter to British Cycling
Ken Livingstone’s cycling manifesto and his response to Brian Cookson's letter.
Brian Paddick’s manifesto (see pages 25/26)
Jenny Jones’ road safety manifesto plus her letter to British Cycling