Tuesday 16 August 2016
Sadiq Khan faced calls today to maintain the focus on cycling by making his “walking and cycling commissioner” a full-time job.
The Mayor has launched a search for a successor to Boris Johnson’s cycling czar Andrew Gilligan, but the three-day-a-week job will also include responsibility for improving conditions for pedestrians.
While campaigners supported moves to encourage walking and make roads and junctions safer for all “vulnerable” Londoners, they said the need to build on Boris Johnson’s “cycling revolution” needed more time than a day and a half a week.
Their fears follows concerns that Transport for London could be forced to cut the capital’s cycling budget as it seeks widespread savings after its government grant was slashed.
Chris Boardman, the former Olympic champion who is policy adviser to British Cycling, said: “Reducing the seniority and clout of the cycling commissioner would be a backward step that isn’t consistent with the Mayor’s promises on cycling and puts at risk the progress London has made.”
City Hall today published the job description for the walking and cycling commissioner, offering a pro-rata salary of up to £98,000, which works out at £58,800 for the part-time post.