Green Party’s MEP backs call for more space for cyclists

Jean Lambert, London’s Green MEP, has urged cyclists to support candidates in this week’s council elections who have pledged improvements to cycling infrastructure.

Thousands of cyclists, including dozens from Croydon, pedalled into central London yesterday to call for safer roads

Thousands of cyclists, including dozens from Croydon, pedalled into central London yesterday to call for safer roads

Lambert was speaking ahead of the Space for Cycling Big Ride staged in London and cities across the country, when thousands took to their bikes to call for more cycling-friendly roads to be provided. This includes more protected cycling space on streets, to reduce maximum speed allowed for certain roads, and to introduce further traffic-free lanes.

Only a few hours before the beginning of the ride, a cyclist was hospitalised in London after a collision with a van on Shoreditch High Street. Last Tuesday, the latest cycling death was reported in London, when Abdelkhalak Lahyani was killed in an accident in Elephant and Castle.

In 2012, 118 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads. Figures from the Department from Transport confirm that killings and injuries in 2012 have increased by 32 per cent compared to the period between 2005 and 2009.

Lambert said: “A sustainable transport policy means more facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

Green MEP Jean Lambert: backing Space for Cycling and urging voters to support local election candidates who do

Green MEP Jean Lambert: backing Space for Cycling and urging voters to support local election candidates who do

“We know that if more people get around the city by bike or on foot it’s better for everyone – both in terms of improving London’s appalling air quality, and the direct health benefits enjoyed by the people concerned.

“I am proud that all the Green Party candidates asked by the London Cycling Campaign support local measures to make cycling safer and easier in their boroughs  – and I hope all the suggested measures can be put in place soon.”

Jean Lambert is one of eight MEPs representing London. She was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 and is seeking re-election in this Thursday’s European elections.

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2 Responses to Green Party’s MEP backs call for more space for cyclists

  1. Rod Davies says:

    I think we can all support this call to make more safe space available for cyclists.

    It is therefore with disappointment that the much-vaunted bridge across East Croydon station has not provided the cycle and pedestrian link to the town centre. During the redevelopment consultation events it was recalled that there were assurances that this bridge would provide a safe link to the town. Cyclists, obeying the highway code have little alternative but to use the congested highways and compete with trams, buses, trucks and cars.

    As it is, the bridge is only for ticket holders, currently only accessible to from Dingwall Rd.

    Another lost opportunity in Croydon!

  2. davidjl2014 says:

    Interesting. What the Green Party don’t tell us very often is this, quoted directly from their manifesto:
    “We will work to create a world of global inter-responsibility in which the concept of a “British National” is irrelevant and outdated.
    Sounds great doesn’t it!!!! Makes riding a bicycle seem as important as a National Health Service.

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