Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Massive Vote for Cycling


Ninety percent of Ealing’s newly elected councillors support Space for Cycling - that’s 62 out of the 69 councillors elected last month. In the last days of the campaign, the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats signed up on mass. With their 100 percent support added to the total support of the Green Party, 155 candidates out of a total of 222 supported specific proposals to make cycling safer in their wards. Top of the list was Hanger Hill with all candidates calling for cycle lanes to be installed alongside the North Circular Road.  Next came Perivale with 82% support for a protected crossing point at the junction of Teignmouth Gardens and Bideford Avenue. Four schemes gained 73% support: Southfield candidates supported the proposal to make the area outside Turnham Green Station safer for cyclists and pedestrians. In Walpole candidates supported Advanced Stop boxes at the junction of Uxbridge Road and Northfield Avenue. In South Acton they called for a 20 mph limit on Mill Hill Road, and in Ealing Broadway they wanted to see two-way cycling allowed on Mountfield Road. In the coming months Ealing Cycling Campaign will liaise with LCC to push Ealing Council to turn this wave of support into real schemes on the ground.  There are many other proposals to improve cycling in Ealing, and it will be important to make sure that the schemes that bring the greatest benefit are developed first.