All four main candidates to be questioned by Londoners on cycling
Tuesday 03 Apr 2012

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Cyclists will quiz the four main candidates running for Mayor of London on Monday April 30th at a hustings event staged by transport charity Sustrans and The Times newspaper.

Candidates Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Jenny Jones and Brian Paddick will be grilled on how they intend to make London a cycling city as part of The Times's 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign. It is set to be the only debate which all four candidates will attend focussing solely on cycling ahead of the election on May 3rd.

Sustrans supporters and Times readers will be able to apply online for tickets for the free event which will take place from 2pm to 3.30pm in Westminster.

With horror junctions such as the official 20 most dangerous London cycling junctions recently revealed, there is plenty to talk about.

Carl Pittam, Sustrans' England Director, said:

"In cities like Copenhagen cycling is the norm for everyone, from commuters to mums doing the school run.

"Cycling in our capital is more popular than ever but more than half of us still find our roads too scary to cycle on.

"Roads that are safe for cycling are also safer for pedestrians, children and drivers – and are more pleasant for all Londoners to enjoy.

"Creating safe streets for cycling and walking must be top of our Mayor's to-do list."

James Harding, Editor of The Times, said:

"Cities must build an infrastructure fit for cyclists. Britain's cities and streets must change.

"Cycling should be not just a healthy and quick way to get around but also a pleasure. At the moment, those who ride have too much to fear."

Story via Sustrans 

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