Wandsworth Cycling Campaign launched its campaign ask for the forthcoming local elections at a well-attended meeting on Tuesday 10th April.
‘This is a critical time of opportunity for us in Wandsworth to grasp the initiative and change the way the Council thinks about cycling and how are streets are designed’ said WCC Co-ordinator Mike Grahn. ‘Whatever the result of the elections, there will be many new Councillors elected and we need to engage with them to make the case for cycling. The My Liveable London campaign, jointly organised by London Cycling Campaign and the walking advocacy group London Living Streets, is a great way to start that dialogue. As a group, we can persuade the local party leaders to sign up and as individuals we can raise the issues with candidates on the doorstep’.
Fran Graham and Simon Munk from LCC explained what the campaign was about: Living Streets and London Cycling Campaign have teamed up to call on candidates to pledge to make walking and cycling safer and easier in the run up to London borough elections on 3 May.
We want a truly liveable Wandsworth where:
- It’s enjoyable to walk and cycle your local trips
- You can breathe fresh air on streets free from congestion
- Children can safely roam, and walk and cycle to school
- There are relaxing place to stop, rest and talk to your neighbours
The key ask is that the Council should put in a high-quality bid to Transport for London’s ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ funding programme. This would allow the Council to transform a single selected area for cycling and walking. We are asking the leaders of all the political parties with candidates in the local elections to sign up to this as a first step.
Wandsworth Living Streets and Wandsworth Cycling Campaign have already met with the leaders of two of the political parties in our Borough, with more meetings set up. We are highlighting the importance of listening to what local people need on our streets when we are on foot or cycling. Two party leaders have now pledged to support a high quality bid for Liveable Neighbourhoods funding and we hope more will follow.
Individual WCC members will shortly be able to send a message to their ward candidates online. The system is being set up now – We’ll circulate details soon.
Anyone can also meet and question the candidates at a husting event in the borough:
- Thursday, 12 April, 7.45pm – Wandsworth Society – West Side Church, c/o Melody Road and Allfarthing Lane, SW18 2QQ. This will cover several wards in Central Wandsworth and southeastwards.
- Wednesday, 18 April, 7.30pm – Putney Society – Roehampton and West Putney – St Joseph Catholic Church, 218 Roehampton Lane, SW15 4LE (opposite the junction with Medfield Street). This will cover those two wards in particular.
- Monday , 23 April, 7.30pm – Putney Society – East Putney and Thamesfield – Community Church, Werter Road (20 yards from Putney High Street), SW15. This will cover those two wards in particular.
- Tuesday, 24 April, 6.00pm – Battersea Society and Katherine Low Settlement – York Gardens Library, York oad Community Centre (easiest to access from Plough Road and through York Gardens). Address: 34 Lavender Road, London SW11 2UG.
If you are going to attend then please ask them about your particular cycling concerns or just simply ask:
What would you and your party do to enable anyone who is thinking of cycling for short journeys in Wandsworth to do so comfortably and without fear?