Zac Goldsmith: “I’m positively hounded by cycle campaigners”
by Simon MacMichael March 30 2016
Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate to be the next mayor of London, has told a public meeting that he is being “positively hounded by cycle campaigners” over segregated cycle routes. The comment was made on the same day he launched his cycling policies – which one leading blogger believes are not enough “to swing the cycling vote.” –
Lennon, in his capacity as borough co-ordinator for London Cycling Campaign/Richmond Cycling Campaign told road.cc today: “Over two years ago Zac surveyed his constituents about cycling, and had two big public meetings.
“We told him, and the public told him, that if you want to encourage more cycling then you need to make it safe, and make it feel safe.
“Over Twitter and at these events – as well as at a Richmond Park meeting – Zac has said the right words about encouraging cycling, but never committed to the changes, like the East West Superhighways, that will make a real difference to cycling, either in his constituency or in London.
“Indeed, last night, his neighbouring MP boasted about how he and Zac had made sure Kingston got 30 minutes’ free parking in the centre.”
Danny Williams, a member of the mayor’s Roads Task Force and last year named by the Evening Standard(link is external) as one of the 15 most influential people when it came to transport in the capital, wrote on his Cyclists in the City blog(link is external) that
“Cycling should be a vote winner for him [Goldsmith] but he’s really failing to impress so far.”
Referring to the Tory candidate’s cycling policies, Williams noted: “He says he’ll “protect TfL’s investment budget”.
He very specifically does NOT say he will protect the hard-fought for 10 year cycling budget (of which we have only seen the first year’s investment).”
Williams, who admitted he is “not a natural Sadiq Khan supporter,” added: “Zac Goldsmith is making it really hard for me to vote for him, unless he massively changes his tune on cycling and commits to proper continuation of the cycling investment plan.
“There’s still time for Zac Goldsmith to win the cycling vote. But he needs to show he takes cycling seriously. He hasn’t done that yet, I’m afraid.”