How to de-Lycrafy cycling

09 December 2014

This meeting took place on 10 December 2014. Read the transcript here.

Figures from Transport for London (TfL) show that London cyclists are predominantly white, male, and in employment[2]. For the Cycle Hire scheme, 82 per cent of members are male, and 88 per cent are white[3]. What are the Mayor and TfL doing to ‘de-Lycrafy’ our cycle superhighways and encourage more older/disabled/women/Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) cyclists? The London Assembly Transport Committee will tomorrow explore several issues regarding the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London, including; - The consultation on the East-West cycle superhighway - TfL has received more than 20,000 responses and 80 per cent are favourable. The City of London is not as comfortable with the plans – so what assurances would they need for this project to move forward? - Many pedestrians, particularly older and disabled people, feel intimidated when cyclists and pedestrians are mixed in the same space. Is TfL’s safe junction design working and what can be done to reduce pedestrian-cyclist conflict? The following guests will be questioned:

Andrew Gilligan, Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner;

Michael Welbank, Chair, Planning and Transportation Committee, City of London Corporation;

Iain Simmons, Assistant Director City Transportation, City of London Corporation

Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council & Chair of Transport and Environment Committee, London Councils;

Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Transport Lecturer, University of Westminster and Chair of Policy Forum, London Cycling campaign

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets

Chris Boardman, former Olympic Cycling Champion and Policy Advisor, British Cycling

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 10 December from 10am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast. Notes for Editors:

Agenda Papers

The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London (March 2013):

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.

London Assembly Transport Committee

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