Here we present a pictorial snapshot of the London Cycling Campaign’s led ride from Sutton to the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event on Saturday 29 July 2017.
On behalf of Ride Leader Jess, and marshals Taf, Roy and Chas (plus one or two others who were co-opted in as marshals during the ride), a big thank you to all the participants for joining us and making the event so enjoyable. We hope to see you again in 2018!
Ideally, of course, we would like to see you comfortably cycling the streets of Sutton on most days, along with the 60% of people who do not ride a bike regularly but who, according to a British Cycling survey in 2013, said they would like to do so if they felt safer. That would be good for you, and it would be great for everyone else as well, because, as Chris Boardman (recently appointed Walking and Cycling Commissioner for Greater Manchester) noted in his speech to councillors in 2013, every regular cyclist contributes £590 a year to the UK economy.
Meanwhile, London’s Walking and Cycling commissioner, Will Norman, said at a summit presented by New London Architecture on 2 August 2017 (Active Travel Summit: How do we create healthy streets?), that although FreeCycle is only held on one day a year it will, nevertheless, help drive change for cycling. That’s great, of course. It is just that the degree of change, and momentum required for delivery, must not be underestimated. To emphasise this, a couple of images are included towards the end of the pictorial that were not captured on FreeCycle. But let’s start at the beginning…
The London Cycling Campaign is working hard to make sure that everyone who cycles, or wants to cycle, has a voice in Greater London. This is about transforming our city into a healthier, cleaner and happier place to live where cycling is a choice for everyone. It would be great if you were part of that voice for London and for Sutton. There is currently a New Member Offer, where you can save 25% on LCC membership, so please take a look!