LCC says mini-Hollands will be a success if they deliver "safe and inviting streets where anyone can cycle"
The London Cycling Campaign has welcomed the announcement that three boroughs – Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest – will each receive £30 million to build substantial cycling facilities in their town centres as part of the mini-Holland bidding process.
Four other boroughs – Bexley, Ealing, Merton and Richmond - will share £10 million to put in place smaller projects in their town centres, while Newham is being invited to bid for another pot of TfL money in order to redesign Stratford town centre.
We believe the success of these projects will be measured against their delivery of cycle routes that are safe and inviting for people of all ages and abilities to cycle in comfort and safety.
And we're calling for these mini-Hollands to mark the beginning of significant investment in cycling in every borough in Greater London in order for the capital to gain from the tremendous benefits that mass cycling can bring in reducing congestion on our streets and on public transport, as well as the major health, economic and environmental gains.
LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said, "The creation of Dutch-style town centres was one of the commitments made by Mayor Boris Johnson in the run-up to the 2012 mayoral election as a result of our 'Love London, Go Dutch' campaign, and it's great to see this promise a step closer to becoming a reality.
"We thank everyone who helped put pressure on the Mayor in 2012, and our local borough volunteers for pushing their local councils to bid for measures that, if implemented properly, could make major improvements to local cycling journeys.
"To be a success, these mini-Holland projects must deliver safe and inviting streets where anyone can cycle, which means building high-quality protected lanes on main roads and providing safe passage through major junctions. On smaller streets, councils must look at removing through motor traffic and reducing motor traffic speeds to 20mph or lower."
Adrian Lauchlan of Enfield Cycling Campaign said, "We're thrilled Enfield has won this funding, especially as, during the bid process, Enfield Council made an effort to listen to local cyclists, improving the quality of its proposals along the way."
Jonathan Fray of Kingston Cycling Campaign said, "We're delighted with this win, and are very pleased the council's mini-Holland bid prioritises safe journeys through the borough, including providing protected space on key main roads and safe cycling through a number of major junctions in Kingston."
Simon Munk of the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign said, "We're excited because the bid proposals are a step-change in how Waltham Forest Council treats cycling, being genuinely about attracting large numbers of people who don't currently cycle on to the boroughs roads. Most exciting of all, Waltham Forest could soon have the largest rat-run-free 'home zone' in the capital, which could be a model for every other borough to follow."
The three winning projects are:
Enfield A section of Enfield town centre will become motor-traffic free, with protected cycle lanes on key main roads to Edmonton and Palmers Green. The A1010 Hertford Road will also have cycle lanes installed, and it's essential these are high-quality protected lanes. Download bid details
Kingston New cycle routes to connect Kingston town centre to Richmond, Wimbledon and Surbiton, with protected lanes on key main roads, a Dutch-style roundabout treatment in New Malden, and a Thameside boardwalk and cycle-friendly river crossing. Download bid details
Waltham Forest A proposed new protected cycle route along Lea Bridge Road, with a radical rework of the Whipps Cross roundabout. This proposal also includes areas of Walthamstow turned into Dutch-style cycle-friendly "home zones" by removing rat-running and through motor traffic to quieter people-friendly streets. Key north-south and east-west cycle routes will be completed to a high standard.
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Love London Go Dutch wins London Transport Award
LCC’s Love London Go Dutch campaign took top prize in the Excellence in travel information and marketing category, one of the few categories open to non-Local Authorities in the annual London Transport Awards. Receiving the award, LCC said it was accepting it on behalf of the 42,000 people who supported the campaign and signed the petition to make London’s roads as safe and inviting for cycling as those in Holland.
LCC's CEO Ashok Sinha said "We want to thank everyone who backed the campaign and all those who joined the 10,000 strong protest ride - without you there would not have been the Mayoral commitment, nor the funding, to deliver improved conditions for all the Londoners who want to cycle. We hope we can count on your support for our Space for Cycling campaign ahead of the 2014 local elections in May - together we can repeat the success we had with the Mayor with those who run London's boroughs."
LCC would like to thank those who sponsored Love London, Go Dutch, including the Brompton Cycles, the Embassy of the Netherlands, Bywaters Recycling, Postlethwaite Solicitors and EMCF.
The Achievements in cycling award, open to local authorities only, went to the London Borough of Camden for “Royal College Street goes Dutch” one of the first examples of a cycle-friendly infrastructure implemented post Love London Go Dutch. LCC and Camden Cycling Campaign volunteer, Jean Dollimore, was invited to accompany Camden officers receiving the ward.
The award for Transport Borough of the year went to Hackney for its cycling and sustainability initiatives. London Cycling Campaign in Hackney featured prominently in the photographs at the ceremony illustrating the award winner’s work.
The London Transport Awards are judged by a panel chaired by Professor David Begg. Sponsors and supporters include: Transport Times, TfL, London Travel Watch, London Councils, Clear Channel, Bombardier, Amey, Cubic, First Group, Go Ahead, Thales, Keolys, Redray.
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London Cycling Campaign welcomes Automobile Association highlighting the importance of safe driving in making cycling safe
The London Cycling Campaign has welcomed the Automobile Association’s Think Bike campaign, which highlights how important careful and responsible driving is in making cycling safer.
The AA will distribute a million stickers for motorists to apply to their wing mirrors to remind them pay greater attention to other people on the road, particularly those on bicycles and motorbikes.
LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said, “The most important thing that can be done to improve cycling safety in the UK is to design streets that minimise the risk of collision between motor vehicles and cyclists and pedestrians, as they have in countries like the Netherlands.
“That won’t happen overnight and safe infrastructure works best with safe driving, which is why initiatives to promote responsible driving like Think Bike from the AA are important in helping to reduce death and serious injury to cyclists.”
Data from the Metropolitan Police shows that, where blame is attributed, drivers are found to be at fault in two-thirds of cyclist-motorist collisions, with fault attributed to cyclists in only 20% of crashes.
LCC’s Space for Cycling campaign, launching in April, aims to persuade every council in Greater London to adopt measures to make our streets safer and inviting for everyone to cycle.
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Space for Cycling 'Ward Asks' are now in as we prepare for the launch of the campaign
LCC's local groups have been beavering away over the past month or two, developing and deciding on the specific cycle improvements they want to see in each ward in their borough as part of the Space for Cycling campaign. Our Activism Coordinator highlighted some of the great work they've been doing in February's 'Voice of the Month'.
We now have the final lists submitted and are in the process of uploading the 624 'asks' (one per ward across the whole of Greater London), to our brand new campaign website which will be ready at the end of the month.
The exciting work is yet to come, and ahead of the local elections on 22 May, we will be busy working with local groups to try to convince election candidates to support 'Space for Cycling'. We'll be asking each candidate to support the 'ask' in their ward.
Whilst there will be lots of activity going on locally, LCC will be encouraging all Londoners to take action and write to their candidates via our campaign website. You will soon be able to explore our new campaign map to find out what we are calling for in your neighbourhood, and you will be able to send emails to your candidates in a few simple clicks. We hope to make cycling the number one issue on which candidates are asked about at these local elections!
Local Group Insight: Bromley
For a taste of what has been going on locally, Eve Evans, the campaign organiser for Bromley Cyclists tells us:
'Since working on the Space for Cycling Campaign, we have met many new people from within the Borough, who have brought a lot of enthusiasm to the group. Indeed it is only with their help that we have managed to completed our 'Ward Asks' on time and so thoroughly. All the Ward Asks were completed by the deadline, together with many photographs, links and videos - well done everyone in the Bromley Borough for your hard work and thank you. We are not finished yet though - coming soon is our Bromley Big Event.'
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Ladies! Win a Champneys Spa Day
In celebration of International Women's Day, Saturday 8th March 2014, London Cycling Campaign is asking all of its female members to bring a fellow woman cyclist to join the organisation, and you will both be in with a chance of winning a Spa Day, thanks to Champneys. To go in to the draw, just tell a friend to become an LCC member and upon regsitering online they need to do the following in the 'Additional Details' section:
- Select 'International Women's Day / Champneys Spa Comp' from the drop-down menu when asked what prompted them to join LCC.
- Include the existing member's surname / postocode in the box when asked if they were recommended membership by a friend.
You will then both be entered into a draw to win this wonderful prize for you to enjoy together; it couldn't be easier.
Champneys High Energy Fitness Day is perfect for cyclists in need of a boost! You can enjoy an unrivalled programme of exercise, dance, relaxation and mind body activities taking place throughout the day. The emphasis is always on enjoyment with fun, motivational exercise and relaxing classes to stimulate your mind and body and leave you both invigorated and relaxed. Each day has a team of top instructors who will be teaching from a broad range of classes such as: FitSteps, Body Conditioning, Pilates, HIIT, Indoor Cycling and Yoga. This is your chance to try out new types of exercise, experience classes taught by some great teachers and treat yourself to some personal pampering:
• Arrival 8am - Breakfast on arrival
• Fitness Classes from Activity Schedule - View Activity Schedule
• Bamboo Massage 55 minutes
• Water bottle
• Use of the facilities
• Nutritious hot and cold buffet style lunch
• Depart 5pm
Best of luck!
All offers and incentives are offered at the discretion of the third-party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control over. Please note, by entering the competition you are allowing your details to be shared with Champneys Spa.
Terms and conditions
To be in with a chance of winning, you must become an individual member of the London Cycling Campaign (full price and concessionary both valid) before 23.59 on Monday 31st March 2014. You must clearly specify in the ‘Additional details’ section ‘International Women’s Day / Champneys Spa Comp’ in the drop-down menu plus the surname and postcode of the person who has recommended membership to you.
Subject to availability. Non-refundable and non-transferable. Available Monday to Friday only. Choose from Champneys Spas: Tring in Hertfordshire, Springs in Leicestershire, Forest Mere in Hampshire or Henlow in Bedfordshire.
The prize winner will be notified via email and will have 28 days to claim their prize. The competition is open to female LCC members only, over the age of 16 years, UK residents (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) excluding Champneys and London Cycling Campaign employees, their immediate families, agents and anyone professionally connected with this promotion.
In the event that the winner does not claim their prize within 28 days of notification, LCC reserves the right to withdraw prize entitlement and award the prize to a reserve selected at the same time as the original. No entries from agents, third parties, an organised group or applications automatically generated by computer will be accepted. Entrants who do not give correct details will be disqualified, at LCC’s discretion. There is no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part except in the event of circumstances outside its control. Champneys reserves the right to substitute a similar alternative.
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The Girls' Bicycle Handbook - 25% discount for LCC Members
The Girls' Bicycle Handbook (out 3rd April 2014) is for women cyclists everywhere who need practical, no-nonsense advice and information on cycling and cycling in style. London Cycling Campaign members get 25% off copies the book when they order a copy online now. For details of how to buy with this fantastic discount, please visit the dedicated members page - details on the reverse of your membership card.
Written by Caz Nicklin, owner and founder of Cyclechic, The Girls' Bicycle Handbook is a beautifully compiled guide, filled with advice that will make travelling on two wheels effortless. It covers all aspects of cycle style, from panniers and accessories to wardrobe solutions and is packed full of useful advice and information too. Caz and a host of other inspiring women involved with cycling, enlighten readers with quick-tips and shortcuts to make riding hassle-free: from keeping your bike secure to understanding bike shop jargon, tackling repairs and staying safe.
Whether you're just starting to get acquainted with the bicycle or have been riding for years, this book has everything you need to know about enjoying your bike and cycling in style.
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International Women's Day 2014 - Inspiring Change
International Women's Day is an annual event and this year, Saturday 8th March sees various groups around the world celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
2014's theme is 'Inspiring Change', and whilst much progress has been made in relation to women's equality, the world is still unequal and this day calls upon everyone to encourage advocacy for women's advancement everywhere, in every way. This topic resonated with us at LCC and not just on the subject of women, but in relation to our entire campaign objectives. In relation to women and cycling, we enlisted the help of some females from a wide variety of backgrounds to talk to us about life as a woman on two wheels. Some of them have even thought about our Space for Cycling campaign - LCC's biggest focus in which to 'Inspire Change' this year.
Guest edited by journalist, author, mother and, of course, avid cyclist Cathy Bussey, we hope this set of blogs is inspiring to everyone, be they male or female, new cyclist or regualr rider.
Share your thoughts on International Women's Day and our blogs on Twitter: @london_cycling and @womensday, using the #womensday #inspiringchange and #space4cycling
Cathy Bussey Journalist, Author and Mother
Cathy is also guest columnist in this quarter's London Cyclist magazine.
Dr Rachel Aldred LCC Trustee and Sociologist
Dr Rachel Aldred is an elected LCC Trustee and Chair of its Policy Forum. She is a sociologist who lectures in Transport at the University of Westminster, her specialist research area being cycling. Her personal website can be found at rachelaldred.organd tweets at @RachelAldred.
Caz Nicklin Author and Founder of cyclechic.co.uk
Caz is owner and founder of Cyclechic, an online retailer dedicated to providing women with stylish cycling accessories. Caz has been writing londoncyclechic.blogspot.com, packed full of cycling advice and style tips, for the past 7 years and releases her first book, 'The Girls’ Bicycle Handbook: Everything you need to know about life on two wheels' on 3rd April.
Kerena Fussell LCC Member and Campaigner in Newham
Kerena Fussell is an LCC member and active campaigner for our local group in Newham. "With International Women's Day this week, London Cycling Campaign are focusing on ladies who ride bikes. There are actually lots of us, although you wouldn't necessarily know from the "cycling fashion" appearing in some high street stores..."
Jenni Gwiazdowski Founder of London Bike Kitchen
Jenni hails from San Diego, went to uni at Berkeley and graduated with a BA in Mass Communications. After working at an afterschool programme for disadvantaged kids in Richmond, CA, she fled the US for Japan to "teach" English for three years.She cut her charity teeth at the London Community Resource Network before starting up the London Bike Kitchen in March 2012...
Heather Irvine Editor, Total Women's Cycling and Adventure Racer
Heather Irvine has recently been appointed as Editor for Total Women's Cycling. Prior to her role over at TWC, she has written for The Times. Heather’s main passion lies in adventure racing which can require long stints in the saddle and some technical mountain biking sections, which are always the highlight of her race...
Ann Kenrick OBE, Chair of LCC, Author and Founder of East Dulwich SRS Group
Ann Kenrick OBE (@annkenrick) is Chair of the LCC, Founder/former Chair of the East Dulwich SRS Group. She has cycled in London for around 50 years, has toured France and the US, biked 6 times to Paris and survived a couple of Dunwich Dynamos.
Sarah Morpurgo Project Co-ordinator at The Bike Project
"I really love cycling, but I'm not a bike nerd. I don't remember my first bike, or learning to cycle especially. If anything, you'd think growing up in Crouch End would put me off cycling for life, hills and all! I didn't plan to work with bikes. I actually trained as a classical flautist..."
Annisa Chand co-founder of Radiant Riders, sub group of the Shoreditch Sisters Women's Institute
We find out a bit more about Annisa Chand, co-founder of Radiant Riders, a sub group of the Shoreditch Sisters Women's Institute. Radiant Riders is held once a month and is a great chance to socialise whilst gaining more experience and confidence in cycling.
Lisa Eller Member of LCC and Newham Cyclists
"My name is Lisa and I’m a gardener based in Forest Gate. I can usually be seen trundling my kit up and down the local streets in a shopping trolley with red roses stuck to the front. As far as my cycling style is concerned that also seems to be stuck in the 1940s; I’m a heel wearing, no helmet, anti-Lycra, no to hi-viz kind of girl..."
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LCC organises successful deaf awareness session for London based cycle trainers
Last Friday a group of cycle trainers representing a variety of London based cycle training organisations and cycling community projects attended a deaf awareness session organised by London Cycling Campaign and delivered by Mangai Sutharsan from Empowering Deaf Society.
The session was an introduction to British Sign Language and communication and included a section where participants learnt the specific signs to use when delivering cycle training. Participants also had the opportunity to reflect on how best to make their cycle training sessions accessible to deaf BSL users.
Empowering Deaf Society received one of the 21 2013 CCFL grants to deliver a programme to encourage deaf people to cycle. Due to linguistic and cultural barriers a majority of deaf people are unable to access the information and training provided to encourage and support Londoners to cycle. EDS will provide a series of informative workshops on the benefits of cycling, as well as mechanics and cycle training sessions accessible to deaf BSL users, working towards breaching that gap. "The idea is to encourage new cyclists amongst deaf BSL users in London, for whom owning and riding a bike is not the norm to use bikes as a means of transport. This project will look at the benefits of cycling in the community as a whole: health & fitness, financial & social gains and general wellbeing." said Mangai. "In addition to what is delivered to our own beneficiaries we will contact local cycling clubs to support and educate them to make themselves accessible and inclusive of deaf people". Mangai is delighted that EDS was awarded a CCFL grant to start this project. Public activities will be launched in early Spring.
The deaf awareness training session was also an opportunity for cycle trainers with no previous experience of working with deaf BSL users and those with some to network and share their knowledge and experiences working with the deaf community. "There’s a misconception that it must be dangerous for deaf people to cycle" says Carolyn Wilson of Cycle Training UK, who has trained both deaf and hearing people to ride bikes, "but this comes from the idea that you need to be able to hear in order to be safe in traffic. In fact, we teach all of our trainees that it's not enough to rely on your hearing to keep you safe. The only way to be truly aware of what's happening around and behind you is to actually look. Many of my hearing trainees could learn a lot from their deaf counterparts, who have already developed this kind of increased visual awareness". David Ptcher from Wheely Tots in Hackney said: "After attending the deaf awareness course I feel much more informed and confident about approaching our local deaf club to participate in our cycling sessions. Just being able to sign my name and use basic sign language is a 100% improvement!
We will be reporting on the development of Empowering Deaf Society’s cycling project in future newsletters. For more information on the Community Cycling Fund for London please click here.
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Growth in cycling can deliver £250m in annual health economic benefits
A new Transport for London (TfL) health action plan highlights the consequences of inactivity and motor traffic pollution, while emphasising the gains from increased cycling and walking.
LCC welcomes the recognition given to the gains from active travel and urges local authorities – which now have responsibility for health – to embrace our call for roads that are as safe and inviting for cycling as those in Holland.
The TfL plan says that "the expected growth of cycling up to 2026 is estimated to deliver £250m in health economic benefits annually." The health gain from switching from car to bike for commuting for an individual is estimated at 3-14 additional years' life expectancy. Monetising the potential gains from both increased walking and cycling (by switching from car use for short journeys) in London is calculated at £2 billion each year in health economic benefits (p25 of action plan).
The plan provides estimates for the use of transport by 2031. It expects a 6% reduction of time spent in cars, with this switch transferring to cycling (3%), train/tube (2%) and bus (1%).
On the negative side the plan spells out some of the costs of motoring and inactivity. The social cost of road traffic noise is put at £7bn-£10bn per year; in 2008 there were an estimated 4000 ‘deaths brought forward’ due to exposure to small particles from vehicle exhausts; obesity costs London more than £4bn per year; 63% of NOx, which causes photochemical smog, is believed to come from ground-based transport.
London Cycling Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy, says: “London’s transport system has a highly significant role to play in helping to tackle these major public health issues."
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Tell London Councils and the Mayor to remove the most dangerous lorries from London roads
London Councils' safer lorries consultation closes this Friday 28th February
Make sure you fill in their online form or send a detailed reply before then. London Councils details here http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/lorrycontrolconsultation
Despite years of lobbying by cycling campaign groups, and everyone else hoping to reduce danger on our streets, there are still a great many lorries that do not have the basic safety equipment, regarded as standard across the European Union.
What we want to see on our streets – 'Direct Vision' lorries
In January, Mayor Boris Johnson announced he would support London Councils' decision with a traffic order banning unsafe lorries from all the major roads he controls.
We need you to tell London Councils and the Mayor to use their powers to ensure that none of these lorries are used on any London street. Please tell them that you fully support their proposals to bring in traffic orders to ban dangerous lorries and to amend the London Lorry Control Scheme permit conditions to exclude unsafe vehicles.
Last year Philippine de Gerin-Ricard became the only person to be killed while riding a Cycle Hire Scheme bike. The lorry that knocked her down did not have sideguards on the trailer. There is a chance that sideguards could have deflected her fall avoiding the most serious injuries.
There are full details of the sideguard and mirror regulations in the documents linked to the London Council's website.
'Off-road' construction industry vehicles are not safe
Many lorries are exempt from the rules regarding sidegards and class six mirrors becuase they claim to be built for 'off-road' use despite the fact that 99% of their working week is spent on public roads and the 'off-road' sites they use do not require heavy-duty vehicles.
Class six mirrors are essential for lorries to see pedestrians crossing the road and to give the driver full view of the area in front of the cab. With these mirrors, and standard side mirrors, a driver should be able to see any cyclist in an ASL or bike box area at junctions.
A small percentage of older lorries do not yet need these mirrors as they were on the road before the mirrors were required by law. There may be a few hundred other on-site concrete lorries exempt from all safety rules because they are classed as engineering plant not lorries.
PLEASE TELL LONDON COUNCILS TO TAKE UNSAFE LORRIES OF OUR ROADS TODAY!
Help LCC to continue working with councils to get them all signed up to our Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling pledge by donating to the campaign here.
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Success for campaigners as Mayor announces death knell for gyratories
The London Cycling Campaign welcomes the Mayor's concrete commitment to transform or 'rip-out' 33 gyratories/roundabouts – "relics of the sixties which blight and menace whole neighbourhoods" to quote Mayor Boris Johnson – and to provide safe crossings for cyclist and pedestrians. We are pleased to see that that the funding for this programme has been increased to a more realistic £300 million, from the original £19m and the sum later allocated of £100m.
Elephant & Castle: one of London's worst gyratories
Urgent action must still be taken to address dangers presented to cycling at many more junctions across London. Nonetheless this announcement vindicates the actions of the many thousands of people who have supported recent LCC campaigns to make junctions safe by adopting international quality of provision for cycling.
LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said: "We congratulate the Mayor on this hugely welcome announcement. At last we have a firm commitment, and the funding, to tackle the main barriers to cycling as identified by cyclists in the capital. Rapid implementation of this programme will help reduce deaths and serious injuries to cyclists, as well make our roads safer for pedestrians too. We share the Mayor's view that gyratories blight our capital and removing them will improve quality of life for all."
The initial programme of tackling key London junctions (Better Junctions Review) was a response by the Mayor to the tragic deaths of two cyclists in 2011 at Bow Roundabout and the subsequent vigils and protests by LCC members and the families of the people who died.Al l the Mayoral candidates in 2012 promised to adopt continental grade standards for cycle provision on our roads when they signed up to LCC's Love London Go Dutch campaign, and the Mayor wrote to LCC in 2013 promising action in response to our Space for Cycling protests at the Aldwych and Holborn gyratories.
The Mayor has released a map of the 33 junctions where gyratories will be tackled and high grade cycle facilities provided. He makes a commitment to ripping out gyratories at Swiss Cottage, Archway, Aldgate, Elephant & Castle, Wandsworth roundabout and other locations. They will be replaced by two-way roads "segregated cycle tracks and new traffic-free public space".
Transport for London is undertaking to provide detailed designs of schemes next month and to start actual works in the second half of 2014. LCC has previously objected to the slow pace of progress of the Better Junctions Review announced in 2011. The programme, which has examined several dozen junctions, has yet to deliver large-scale results on the ground. This time round the Mayor and TfL are promising that the "programme has been fundamentally refocused away from making minor, often cosmetic changes at a large number of junctions to delivering real and transformational change at the busiest and worst junctions." Average spending at each of the 33 listed locations will be around £9 million.
TfL says that, in the last three years, more than 150 cyclists and pedestrians have been killed or seriously injured at the 33 locations that are being addressed under the programme. Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: "They are some of the busiest traffic intersections in Europe, so this work has been complicated. But we are now fully committed to delivering these junction improvements as quickly as possible, making London safer and more inviting for all."
There will also be works at some of the remaining 100 junctions previously identified in the Better Junctions Review as in need of improvements.
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Spin LDN returns in 2014 - 2 for 1 tickets for LCC members
Following the enormous success of Spin LDN in 2013, the mini-festival that celebrates cycling’s influence in everyday culture returns this year, bigger and better, with an ambitious and exciting programme.
London Cycling Campaign members can get 2 for 1 advance tickets priced at just £5 (that’s only £2.50 per person!) To find out how you can bag your discounted tickets, please visit the dedicated member’s page (details on the reverse of your membership card).
From Friday 28th to Sunday 30th March, Spin LDN 14 will take residency at the Old Truman Brewery for three days to celebrate cycling culture in all of its guises. In only its second year of existence, Spin LDN has emerged as a platform to showcase the many parts of society that cycling has influenced – from the fashion it has spawned to the film-making it has inspired.
The grassroots, inclusive event will hero some of the most progressive, forward-thinking international brands and smaller independent makers from across the bike world, including handmade frames from artisan builders, emerging cycle fashion brands, off-the-peg bikes, accessories, cycle-wear and cyclic artwork. It will also feature an action packed schedule of activities that includes lessons in the growing art of ‘bike-polo’, live trick BMX demos and tutorials and demonstrations from ex-bike thieves on how not to get your bike stolen.
You can also be assured that your bike will be looked after, because bike parking at the event will be organised by your truly and our friends over at Cyclehoop. So please come and say hello and leave your bike in our capable hands ... you won't be able to miss us - just look out for the Space for Cycling banner (do you see what we've done there??)
To keep you fuelled throughout the day, you’ll find some delicious street food on offer from Great Balls of Fire Bros and Mamas Jerk Station, and to whet your whistle, Spin ‘cycling brew’ from craft beer maker Brewers & Union – specially created for the event – and coffee from Peloton & Co. And as any keen festival-goer knows, a soundtrack to the day is essential, and tunes at Spin will come courtesy of 6 Music’s finest, Gideon Coe.
Product showcases from the world’s most exciting cycling brands include legendary British saddle makers ‘Brooks’, Swedish pioneers ‘Hovding’ (the invisible cycling helmet), Dutch artisan bike builders Vanhulsteijn, Taiwan builders AOI.Cycle, US fashion brand Cleverhood, Italian Denim from PEdALEd, Parisian brand Esthete (LED bike jackets).
Please note offers and discounts are made to members entirely at the discretion of the third-party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control.
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