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Cyclists call on council to improve Havering’s road safety

PUBLISHED: 12:17 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:17 06 January 2015

Members of the CTC cycling

Members of the CTC cycling

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Cyclists are scared to get on the saddle in Havering’s roads because they don’t feel safe, according to a bike campaigner.

Ray Whitehouse is a member of the London Cycling Campaign’s (LCC) local branch, Havering Cyclists.

The group has launched a petition calling on the council to priorities space for cycling and ensure councillors keep promises made to residents ahead of the local elections last May.

Local cyclist Ray Whitehouse said:

“Our cycling group runs a regular street stall in Romford to promote cycling,” said Ray. “What people are telling us all the time is that they would like to cycle, but currently feel unable to, due to the lack of safe space for cycling on Havering’s roads.

“We have a situation where Havering’s roads are often at a standstill with traffic because the infrastructure does not allow people to cycle if they would like to.”

In the run up to the elections, LCC’s Space for Cycling campaign saw Londoners send over 85,000 emails to candidates, calling for safe and inviting streets.

Many Havering councillors committed to delivering space for cycling across all parties, ranging from creating protected space for cycling on main roads and reducing traffic speeds to creating safe cycle routes to local schools.


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