The Love London, Go Dutch campaign has now launched – the London Cycling Campaign’s (LCC) vision for a liveable city where people can walk, cycle and run without fear. The campaign is called Love London, Go Dutch because we want to make our streets as safe and inviting for cycling and walking as they are in the Netherlands where 47% of journeys are made by bike and foot. The campaign is a response to the deep worries that existing and potential cyclists have about safety, and is calling for the next Mayor to take a radical new approach to street design. To illustrate what could be done the LCC has produced a range of innovative designs showing how three public spaces could look for a safer London: · Parliament Square: www.lcc.org.uk/pages/parliament-square · Olympic Park: www.lcc.org.uk/pages/olympic-park · Blackfriars: www.lcc.org.uk/bf LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, “There’s a real danger London will be left behind by other global cities such as New York, Paris and Amsterdam if the next Mayor doesn’t look beyond outdated solutions that always favour motor traffic over cyclists and pedestrians. “We’re calling on the next Mayor to provide safe and convenient bike lanes on main roads, safer passage for cyclists and pedestrians across roundabouts and junctions, and more people-friendly streets where people work, shop and live.” LCC want the new mayor to prove their commitment to Love London, Go Dutch during the next Mayoralty (2012-2016) by doing the following: Implementing three flagship Go Dutch developments on major streets and/or locations; Making sure all planned developments on main roads that they control are redesigned to Go Dutch key principles, especially junctions (www.lcc.org.uk/pages/key-principles); Ensure the Cycle Superhighway programme is completed to Go Dutch standards. So far the Love London, Go Dutch petition has been signed by TV presenter Lauren Laverne, indie band Franz Ferdinand, culture writer Alain de Botton and design guru Stephen Bayley. The campaign is sponsored by Brompton Bicycles and Bywaters, and supported by the Dutch Embassy. If you are in favour of the campaign sign the petition now at www.lcc.org.uk/go-dutch!