Ashok Sinha and Richard Lewis, London Cycling Campaign: Love London, Go Dutch – how we can make our streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland
Cycling is on the up. It’s fashionable now (at least in London’s trendier postcodes). All the main candidates for London Mayor say promoting cycling will be a priority if they are elected. The Times has run a major national cycle safety campaign culminating in a parliamentary debate and a frequently antagonistic press has (albeit grudgingly at times) acknowledged the good sense of pro-cycling public policy. So all is rosy then? Not quite. The modal share for cycling in London remains pitifully low, and the capital continues to be a generally hostile place for cyclists, especially the young or inexperienced. Meanwhile climate change, air pollution, inactive lifestyles and too-often dismal urban design pose major challenges to Londoners.
It’s all so much different in places such as The Netherlands. That’s why making London more liveable by making our streets as safe and inviting for cycling as Holland is the benchmark that the London Cycling Campaign is setting this year’s mayoral candidates, though our Love London, Go Dutch campaign. In this talk LCC CEO Ashok Sinha and LCC technical expert Richard Lewis will explain how this can be done, and why the finale of the campaign, the Big Ride on 28th April, is so important.
Upstairs at The Yorkshire Grey, 2 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8PN at 7pm (bar open 6pm) on 3rd April.
Ashok Sinha is the Chief Executive of the London Cycling Campaign, having previously been the Director of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition. He has a PhD in renewable energy and spent a number of years pursuing research into climate change science before moving into policy work with Forum for the Future. He has also served as Director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, during which time he helped found and govern Make Poverty History. His voluntary activities include having been Vice Chair of both Amnesty International UK, and the London Cycling Campaign, and serving on the Advisory Board of Capacity Global.
Richard Lewis is a long-time campaigner for sustainable transport, cycling and better cities for people. He works as a principal policy planner for LB Newham and previsouly achieved signing of a Road Danger Reduction Charter at Haringey and Brent Councils, translated into enduring policies and new approaches to street design. His Brent policies influenced LB Lambeth to take up RDR and to go further than Brent by appointing a dedicated RDR officer. He has written a Local Implementation Plan, annual transport funding bids and transport/urban design policies; completed progressive danger-reduction related public realm design guides for Hackney and Newham; and obtained seed funding to establish with the local community a streets for people scheme in Kilburn, which was eventually completed using £1.2m of TfL funding. Richard takes inspiration from a recent visit to Copenhagen which transformed his views regarding cycling infrastructure, bringing him closer to LCC’s Go Dutch campaign.