Saturday 10th May
This is the press release that was sent to The Islington Gazette and The Tribune
On Saturday May 10th, Islington Cyclists Action Group took to the
streets and visited locations that are difficult or dangerous for
cyclists to negotiate. The group ended up at the Town Hall (photos
below). The group is asking candidates to support specific measures in
each ward which will enable everyone to feel safe on a bike, from
8-year-old children to 80-year-old grandparents. Voters can find out
more about the measures at the Space for Cycling website
Tom Harrison (ICAG) said “One of the simplest and most effective
actions the council could do is make the roads safer and more
comfortable for older people to walk and cycle. This means separating
walking and cycling routes from busy traffic areas by closing
residential streets to through traffic, installing more seating areas,
and providing protected cycle tracks on busy roads which makes the
streets navigable by those of us with slower reaction speeds.”
John Ackers said “There are still councillors that regard cycling as a
niche activity for relatively fit people. But actually cycling
is for everybody and it’s the answer to many of the borough’s
problems. Cycling improves people’s long term health, reduces
congestion, reduces air pollution, reduces obesity, reduces travel
costs and encourages social cohesion. We can learn much from
Copenhagen and Amsterdam.”
Join us on a ride from The Sobell Centre to the Town Hall
Show your support and celebrate #space4cycling
Next Saturday, 10th May, join us to celebrate what #space4cycling really means!
We are asking candidates to support specific measures in each ward which will enable everyone to feel safe on a bike, from 8-year-old children to 80-year-old grandparents. Join the Islington LCC on a ride as we visit some of the sites where we’re asking for change.
We’ll be meeting at the Sobell Centre for a 9.30 breakfast (free pastries!). The ride starts at 10.00 and will finish at 12.00 outside the Town Hall.
If you can’t join us on the ride itself, just turn up at the Town Hall at 12 to show your support for #space4cycling in Islington!
Can you put up a poster about this on a notice board? Download here A4 Little Islington Ride
Or is there a place where you can leave fliers? Download A5 fliers here A5 Little Islington Ride
And don’t forget to go online and ask candidates to pledge their support for our campaign. http://space4cycling.org/
Micycle bike shop on Barnsbury St is offering free small repairs for all who are on the ride. We’ll be looking for people with mechanical issues on the ride and the shop is a few hundred metres from the end point. We’ll be adjusting brakes and gears and fixing punctures.