Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2016 – who should get your vote?

Reading the manifestos of the candidates for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner, it can be difficult to distinguish between them. All candidates want to reduce crime, build better links with communities and support victims. We’ve picked out some of the key issues which might interest cyclists and help you weigh up who to vote for. We’re also considering their responses to our PCC Space for Cycling Manifesto where we set out the key questions they need to answer about cycling. Remember that Cycling UK (used to be CTC) is plugging away nationally on the issue…

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Space for Cycling 2016

Bristol needs Space for Cycling – and a Mayor and councillors committed to deliver it. Find out more from the ward map for what we want. Enter your postcode to see what needs doing in your ward – and to ask your councillors/candidates what they’re doing about it. You know about ‘squeeky wheel syndrome’ – the more voices there are the louder we will be and the more likely things will happen. Read our manifestos for Mayor, Councillors, and …

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Manifesto for Mayoral Candidates – May 2016

We have produced a Manifesto for 2016 Mayoral Elections setting out key questions for the elections on May 5th. This is part of our Space for Cycling campaign. You can add your voice to the campaign by signing the petition. See also our manifesto for candidates standing for the Council, and for the Police and Crime Commissioner. Statement of support from Charles Lucas – S4C Statement [Conservative] Statement of support from Kay Barnard – S4C Statement [Lib Dem] Statement of support from Tony Dyer – S4C Statement [Greens] Statement of support from George Ferguson –…

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Manifesto for Council Candidates – May 2016

We have produced a BCyC Manifesto for 2016 Council Elections candidates setting out key questions for the elections on May 5th. This is part of our Space for Cycling campaign. You can add your voice to the campaign by signing the petition. See also our manifesto for candidates standing for the Mayor, and for the Police and Crime Commissioner. Manifesto for Council Candidates Cycling is good for Bristol – and more cycling is better 8 in 10 people want Bristol to be better for cycling Cycling in Bristol means sharing space with intimidating motor traffic, or with…

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Manifesto for Police & Crime Commissioner Candidates – May 2016

We have produced a BCyC Manifesto for 2016 PCC Election candidates setting out key questions for the elections on May 5th. This is part of our Space for Cycling campaign. You can add your voice to the campaign by signing the petition. See also our manifesto for candidates standing for the Mayor, and as Bristol councillors. Statement from PCC statement – Mark Weston – Conservative Statement from PCC statement – Chris Briton – Green Statement from PCC statement – Sue Mountstevens – Independent Manifesto for Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates Every week two people…

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Active Travel Hustings – are we any the wiser?

On April 21st, Life Cycle UK organised a hustings for General Election candidates to answer questions on walking and cycling from an audience of about 60 people who themselves had mainly walked or cycled to the event.  The hustings were hosted by TLT at their 12th floor offices in 1 Redcliffe St – which has great views of Bristol.   The hustings were consummately chaired by well known journalist, broadcaster, author and cyclist Rob Penn. The following candidates agreed to attend: Thangam Debbonnaire (Labour – Bristol West), Darren Hall (Green – Bristol West), Claire Hiscott (Conservative – Bristol West), Mark Wright (Lib Dem – Bristol South), Dawn Parry (Independents for Bristol – Bristol West) and Paul Turner (UKIP – Bristol West). Unfortunately Thangam Debbonnaire and Paul Turner were unable to make it. Thangam was able to send in her place Kye Dudd (Labour candidate for Cabot in the up-coming local council elections) and Paul was absent due to a family illness. However Claire Hiscott failed to turn up with no apology and was conspicuous by her absence. Being left with a selection of candidates who broadly agreed with each other was not great for debate or democracy. The evening was heavy on anecdote and good intentions but light on evidence and hard policy. However there were some exceptions. – Kye Dudd (KD) was strong on tackling social inequality and knows Bristol well. He cited Trade Union support for improvements to active travel. – As a businesswoman Dawn Parry (DP) began her political career as a Conservative, only leaving them when she realised they didn’t share her values. Transport appears not to be her strong point but she was broadly sympathetic with the other candidates and the audience, though at one point she did propose a “cycling proficiency test for all” which went unchallenged. – Mark Wright (MW) was by far the most informed on the subject having been a councillor for the central Cabot ward for three terms, helping to introduce 20mph and the first RPZ in Kingsdown. He is now campaigning for Bristol to have a Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), but was unsuccessful in recent years to implement workplace parking charges. – Darren Hall (DH) was especially keen to invest in walking and cycling as an effective way to tackle climate change and health inequality.

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Vote Bike!

With election fever building now is the time to review what we know about each party’s position on cycling. The Guardian says “With a couple of honourable exceptions, the main parties show depressingly little vision or ambition in their election programmes” which is disappointing as if you followed the Big Cycling Debate, an event in March involving transport spokespeople from the three main parties, you’d be forgiven for thinking policies on cycling would at least be relatively prominent in the election. Sustrans have set out their response to the party manifestos. Meanwhile CTC…

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General Election Cycle Hustings

Tuesday 21 April 2015 7-9pm, 1 Redcliff Street Life Cycle UK are organising a hustings to give you chance to put your questions to some of Bristol’s prospective candidates about cycling and other types of active travel. The event is free, though you’ll need to register to attend. The event is to be hosted by cycling journalist and author, Rob Penn. More details and updates on Life…

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Local councillors fail to back Space for Cycling

Bristol has only managed to come forth out of the 8 English Core Cities in terms of the number of councillors signed up to support Space for Cycling. Although some local coverage seem to regard this a good showing, BCyC is angry and ashamed that in our ‘Cycling City’ and ‘Green Capital’ that this is the level of political support for making our city more liveable and sustainable. 
We know that two thirds of people say they are too afraid to cycle on our roads, but also that the majority of under 35s in employment now choose not to commute by car, with ever increasing numbers cycling. These are the young, energetic and highly qualified group which employers are crying out for and so are backing cycling.

We will be pressing councillors in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and BANES to sign up to support Space for Cycling. You can help by using the quick and easy form at space4cycling.org.uk to send a letter to your local councillors.  

Here’s the press release: 051114_CTC_press_release_core_cities_s4c_bristol_0
Newcastle, Manchester and Nottingham have highest levels of support for cycling
With the Government offering the possibility of funding for local authorities that can demonstrate commitment to cycling, CTC and local campaign groups have today (Tuesday 18 November) launched a league table ranking English Core Cities’ support for cycling, based on the number of councillors backing the Space for Cycling campaign outside London. The Core Cities represent the councils of England’s eight largest non-London city economies.

The national Space for Cycling campaign was launched 6 months ago by CTC and local campaign groups, with funding from the Bicycle Association, based on the campaign of the same name initiated by the London Cycle Campaign. The campaign calls on councillors to make cycling a safe, convenient and enjoyable option for day-to-day journeys for people all ages and abilities. This requires a combination of protected space on fast or busy main roads, low traffic volumes and speeds on local routes, and quality links including through city centres.

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