2010: cycling towards the election

2010 is a year of elections: the General Election is sure to gain most media attention but perhaps more importantly for us as cyclists are the local London elections. Lambeth Borough Council elections will definitely take place on Thursday 6 May 2010 – which is probably the same day as the General Election (but not guaranteed).

It is the policies and operations of Lambeth together with the Mayor of London and Transport for London that most affect day to day cycling. Lambeth are responsible for all the ‘local’ roads in the borough that are not red routes. Lambeth is also responsible for promoting cycling in schools, overseeing planning and housing as well as being one of the largest employers in the borough: all matters that impact on cycling in the borough.

In the run up to the local elections we will be publishing a Cycling Manifesto for Lambeth which we will distribute to the main political parties and ask them to sign up to our vision. We have built on work by LCC central and consulted Lambeth Cyclists members at meetings to come up with a 10 point plan to promote and improve conditions for cycling in the borough. We are fortunate in Lambeth in having a long history of cross-party support for cycling so a change of administration is likely not to result in radial change as it might in other boroughs. We want however to be confident that cycling will continue to enjoy the same level of support that it currently does in the borough.

We are planning to hold a sustainable transport hustings meeting in April (provisionally Tuesday 13 April) where we ask representatives of the four political parties on the council to lay out their visions for cycling in Lambeth over the next four years. We will then have a chance to ask questions and probe deeper their support for cycling and sustainable transport measures. Look out for details of the hustings meeting in the next April/May newsletter.

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