Space for Cycling - Sat 17th May

BigLights
BigLights Posts: 464
edited May 2014 in Commuting chat
Forgive me if this has already been posted, but I haven't spotted anything about it.

Just been reading about the Space For Cycling gathering this weekend - apparently leaves midday (start gathering from 11am) on Park Lane for a ride to Embankment. I have a pink ticket from childcare, was going to go for a Richmond Park ride, but this is a very good cause so I shall zip up to central London.

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  • roger_merriman
    roger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    BigLights wrote:
    Forgive me if this has already been posted, but I haven't spotted anything about it.

    Just been reading about the Space For Cycling gathering this weekend - apparently leaves midday (start gathering from 11am) on Park Lane for a ride to Embankment. I have a pink ticket from childcare, was going to go for a Richmond Park ride, but this is a very good cause so I shall zip up to central London.

    The sentiment is good but the connection to LCC rather puts me off, the more I see of them online and face to face, the less I like them.

    plus Space for Cycling littering Richmond Park as i posted in rants.
  • BigLights
    BigLights Posts: 464
    What's wrong with them? Genuine question, I haven't really looked at it closely. I went on the protest ride last year following the French girl's death at Aldgate, that was a good vibe.

    I don't necessarily agree that it all needs to be segregated cycle lanes. But I do support the raising of profile of cyclists generally - more general awareness can't be a bad thing, no?
  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 28,520
    I'd agree that they can come across as a bit stuck on everything *having* to be like the Netherlands, but they do seem to be taken seriously enough by City Hall to have some real influence, which is more than can be said for us lot muttering away on here.
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  • roger_merriman
    roger_merriman Posts: 6,165
    The problem I have them, is they want to be the voice of London cyclists, who on the whole are a diverse bunch of people. My contact with the LCC seems to show they are a rather narrow particular bunch of people, and chatting to them, backs up this view that simply they don't get the broad range of cyclists. At local meets even their bikes are all broadly the same...

    But yet they want to be the voice for me for you?

    As to influence they have been around since 1978 cycling has become more popular but from the grass roots up not because of the various lobby groups or what various London Mayors may or not done.
  • rjsterry
    rjsterry Posts: 28,520
    I don't really disagree with your points, and am myself somewhat ambivalent to them, but I think on balance they are useful to have around.
    1985 Mercian King of Mercia - work in progress (Hah! Who am I kidding?)
    Pinnacle Monzonite

    Part of the anti-growth coalition