Who’s the most cycling-friendly London mayoral candidate?
Thursday 14 April 2016 07.00 BST
(To Sadiq Khan)
Additional question: After Khan talked at a recent hustings about having narrower bike lanes, and ensuring “cars flow smoother”, we asked if this was official policy:
I’m 100% committed to more superhighways and more segregated provision – real cycle lanes where people on bikes can feel safe.
We do need to learn lessons from the impact of some of the past schemes, which have resulted in gridlock for months on end on some of our busiest routes – that’s bad for our economy and air pollution.
We can look at all sorts of ways of doing this – but let me be clear, it’s not about reducing the scope of cycle superhighways.
(To Zac Goldsmith)
Extra question: Why do you believe Enfield council has “rushed though” its mini-Holland scheme?
I support the ambition of mini-Holland schemes – and would like to see more schemes like them to boost cycling in communities across London.
But I have received a large number of complaints from local people and local businesses about the scheme in Enfield who did not feel part of the consultation process. I know that other candidates have too. I want all residents to feel that they have had a proper say and have had their view heard, which residents suggested had not happened.
(To Caroline Pidgeon)
Extra question: How much do you trust the various claims of both Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith to be the true proponents of cycling in London?
They promise much. But I do wonder whether either candidate actually realises the workload that a mayor of London has, and how well they would advance the cycling agenda in London?
(To Sian Bury)
Extra question: How much do you trust the various claims of Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith to be the true proponents of cycling in London?
I’m really worried that both my rivals haven’t even gone as far as Boris Johnson in their commitment to cycling so far. Zac Goldsmith has said he might rip out cycle superhighways and Sadiq says he’ll only build new superhighways if there is minimal disruption, which is basically impossible. In the recent ITV hustings he even called segregated cycle space ‘obstructions in the road’ which is extremely worrying, as they actually open up the road to more people, because bike travel is much more efficient on space than vehicle travel. If Sadiq doesn’t understand that, we do have a problem. It’s also an issue that neither of them have the funds earmarked, whereas I have specifically pledged to use money raised from much-needed new congestion and air pollution measures to invest in infrastructure for people on bikes.