Bromley Liberal Democrats welcome and endorse the aspirations of Bromley Cyclists for the future of cycling in our Borough. The association have asked all candidates in the forthcoming local elections to endorse 8 key aims - we are pleased to do so as an organisation; and every one of the 60 Liberal Democrat candidates standing in the election also endorse these aims.
These aims are:
- Support for the main elements of the Mayor’s transport strategy
- A major increase in expenditure on cycling, from 2019/20, and rising thereafter
- Prioritise winning Liveable Neighbourhoods bids
- Safe cycle routes to railway stations (including protected tracks and quiet ways)
- Safe cycle routes to schools (including protected tracks and quiet ways)
- Secure cycle parking facilities at schools and railway stations
- Speed limits of 20 mph close to schools and in high streets
- Speed limits of 30 mph on residential and rural roads (excluding some main thoroughfares)
Caroline Pidgeon, the Lib Dem transport spokesperson on the London Assembly, has welcomed the draft Mayor's transport strategy in relation to cycling and walking but urged the Mayor to be more ambitious and be more explicit about some of the vaguer aspects of the plan. She said "I support the objective for 70 per cent of Londoners to live within 400 metres of a safe, high-quality cycle route .... I would however raise some concerns that improvements in cycling infrastructure design are still very much needed. The Transport Strategy needs to be far more explicit as to what ‘high quality cycle routes’ actually mean in practice. "