Wednesday, March 29th 2017 at 8:47AM BST
Cycling UK has launched a “vote bike” tool on its website to urge Metro Mayoral candidates to back cycling.
On May 4th, millions of people across England will have the opportunity to elect politicians to the new position of Metro Mayor. Elections are taking place in six key combined authority conurbations: Greater Manchester, the West Midlands, Liverpool City Region, the West of England, the Tees Valley, and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.
Cycling UK has devised a set of local-specific asks with local campaign groups, to meet the differing roles and responsibilities of each Mayor. Common to all, will be the power to make strategic decisions over the whole combined authority region, with one key area of policy affected being transport.
The campaign is part of the charity’s “space for cycling” campaign, which was originally seed-funded by the industry’s Bike Hub levy.
Cycling UK president and newscaster Jon Snow has contacted each candidate with cycling asks and so far has heard back from five candidates across three of the regions.