Oona King wants to promote cycling if elected London Mayor
LONDON Mayoral hopeful Oona King visited Brentford to launch her cycle policy.
The former Bethnal Green & Bow MP, who is challenging Ken Livingstone to be Labour's candidate for the 2012 Mayor of London election, stopped off at Brompton Bicycles in Lionel Road South, Brentford on August 25.
She promised a 'quantum leap' in cycle policy, announcing plans for a cyclists' 'tube map', showing the fastest routes across the capital, as well as more and longer 'cycle superhighways'.
"Cycling offers Londoners the chance to travel in a way that saves them money, improves their health and well-being and helps the environment. But I am still an exception; only one per cent of journeys in London are currently taken by bike," she said. "I want to inspire more Londoners to cycle as a means of sport, recreation and sustainable transport for the 21st century. To achieve this, there are still many barriers to overcome to ensure cycling is a realistic option for all Londoners."
Her other commitments include:
Expanding the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme to outer London boroughs and integrating it with the Oyster Card
Working to secure discounts for cycle helmets for Cycle Hire scheme users, fighting to open up cycle lanes in all of London's parks to cyclists
Quadrupling the number of cycle parking spaces across London, with a particular focus on major shopping and transport hubs.