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Alert: Time to remind the Assembly Transport Committee of the Mayor of London’s promises on cycling

The Transport committee of the London Assembly will be quizzing the Deputy Mayor for Transport and the Transport Commissioner on how they will be meeting the Mayor’s transport promises at it’s meeting tomorrow (Thu 24 May).

The Mayor’s commitments, of course, include meeting the three key tests of the London Cycling Campaign’s “Love London, Go Dutch” campaign:
Three flagship walking and cycling schemes in accordance with ‘Go Dutch’ principles
‘Go Dutch’ principles applied to all roadworks and development schemes under the Mayor’s control
Superhighways completed to ‘Go Dutch’ principles.

Boris Johnson made additional commitments to cycling during the course of the election campaign:

  • Appointing a Cycling Commissioner (in response to a question at the Times/Sustrans hustings about putting a ‘cycling representative’ on the Board of Transport for London)
  • Being more assertive with Borough ‘recusants’ that get in the way of Superhighways (to the London Jewish Forum in regards to Barnet Council).
  • Appointing a cycling representative on the Mayor’s Roads Task Force (to British Cycling).
  • Expanding cycle hire as per Boris’ manifesto.
  • Lobbying central government to press for stronger sentencing in relation to road incidents involving cyclists (in response to a question at the Times/Sustrans hustings from someone whose brother was killed by motorist convicted of dangerous driving but only spent a couple of months in prison).

Readers of this email may wish to lobby their Assembly Members – particularly those who sit on the Transport Committee, on reminding them of the Mayor’s commitments to cycling.

A reminder, below of the relevant Assembly Members, and their constituencies.

Caroline Pidgeon (Chair) – Londonwide
Valerie Shawcross CBE (Deputy Chair) – Lambeth & Southwark
Jennette Arnold OBE – North East (Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest)
Victoria Borwick – Londonwide
Tom Copley – Londonwide
Andrew Dismore – Barnet & Camden
Roger Evans – Havering & Redbridge
Darren Johnson – Londonwide
Joanne McCartney – Enfield & Haringey
Steve O’Connell – Croydon & Sutton
Murad Qureshi – Londonwide
Richard Tracey – Merton & Wandsworth

Back the Cross River Tram

Mayor Boris has decided to review all the various transport projects in London. Whilst this happens it’s important to show levels of public support for important initiatives. So please take a few moments to sign the petition in support of the Cross River Tram. Especially if you are one of the many people who has to find a vacant arm pit to squeeze your head into on the Northern Line every morning, or breath in all the bus fumes in Bloomsbury!

Even better why not write to the Mayor and your local London Assembly representative? Get your responses in good time for the 9th of September when the London Assembly’s Transport Committee will be looking at CRT.

Here’s a summary of some the benefits of the CRT:

  • Carrying over 90 million passengers per year.
  • Giving passengers travelling to work on the Victoria, Northern & Piccadilly lines a more comfortable journey as it will help relieve passenger congestion.
  • Reducing crowding at Euston, Camden Town and Elephant & Castle.
  • Providing access to over 200,000 residents with better access to employment, health and leisure opportunities.
  • Reduce car usage by over 2 million trips per year as people switch to this environmentally friendly option.
  • An estimated reduction in CO2 emissions of over 19,000 tonnes.
  • Enhance access by providing around 30 new fully accessible stops throughout central London.

There is a real risk that some local objections to details of the route in Camden may be used by those Conservative AMs opposed to trams to derail the whole scheme. So please lend CRT your support.