John Biggs has today pledged to make Tower Hamlets a cycle-friendly borough if elected as Mayor at next Thursday’s (22nd May) local elections.
Ahead of this evening’s Tower Hamlets Wheelers Mayoral hustings John has declared his commitment to improving road safety for cyclists, working with Transport for London on the redesign of Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2) and making cycling more accessible for all of the borough’s residents.
John has lobbied Mayor of London Boris Johnson since 2008 about the safety of cyclists at Bow roundabout and Aldgate East gyratory.
In November last year John held a meeting in City Hall with Tower Hamlets residents and the Mayor of London’s Cycling Advisor Andrew Gilligan to discuss segregating the CS2 which runs through Tower Hamlets from Aldgate to Bow.
Four cyclists have tragically been killed on this section of the CS2 in the last two years.
John Biggs said: “Huge numbers of cyclists travel through Tower Hamlets every day but there have been too many cycling tragedies in the borough in the last few years.
“Cyclists are, with pedestrians, the most vulnerable road users and as Mayor I would ensure that Tower Hamlets becomes a cycle-friendly borough.
“Increasing the number of cyclists in Tower Hamlets improves the quality of life of all residents because it reduces the number of vehicles on the road, tackles the high levels of obesity and is an accessible for people of all ages.
“Tower Hamlets has a unique cycle network with towpaths and parks which the current Mayor has neglected. We must create safer cycling routes to schools for children and make sure cyclists have protected space on busy roads. If we want Tower Hamlets to be an attractive place to live in the future then getting people on bikes is a good place to start.”