Campaigners call on council candidates to consider cyclists

Campaigners call on council candidates to consider cyclists

Campaigners call on council candidates to consider cyclists

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Every ward in the borough could be made safer for cyclists, and council election candidates should take notice, campaigners have said.

Space4Cycling is the Kingston Cycling Campaign’s appeal to politicians ahead of this month’s poll to pledge support for new bike lanes and protected space.

Segregated cycle paths along the Portsmouth Road and Tudor Drive were suggestions from group members.

Campaigner David Williams said: “This is about making the many people too nervous or afraid to cycle on the borough’s streets feel safe and confident.

“The quality of life in Kingston could be significantly improved if we could see more people making short journeys by bike instead of car.”

More 20mph speed limits are among the group’s suggestions.

The borough is already set to benefit from millions of pounds of investment from Mayor of London Boris Johnson for a ‘mini-Holland’ project, including a cycle lane along the Thames at Kingston and a new layout at Surbiton station.

For more information, visit space4cycling.org.

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8:05pm Fri 9 May 14

Voice of Reason & U Know It says...

I fully support this article and accordingly as a cyclist will be voting Green. in the local elections. i will not be voting Lib Dem However for the following reasons:

10 Issues concerning the Liberal Democrats that make them (IMHO) the laughing stock of Politics

1. Derek Osbourn- Long time leader of the KOT council who while in office was later found to be a proven ‘ring master’ of a paedophile group . Now serving a richly deserved jail sentence after being convicted as a paedophile
2. Nick Clegg being humiliated by Nigel Farage in the recent televised debates
3. The Liberal Democrats betraying their traditional left wing voters by forming the CON-DEM Government with Cameron’s public school chums AKA the Conservative Party
4. Under a Liberal Democrat Council for goodness knows how long all KOT residents now pay the highest Council Tax in London yet there are next to no public toilets in the Borough and no public parking for Motorcycles in New Malden – Pathetic!
5. Rose Theatre. Funded partially by the Liberal Democrat Council against the wishes of many a council tax payer in Kingston Upon Thames. The fayre served up is bland middle class rubbish deliberately aimed by a seemingly load of geriatric luvvies at alienating 90% of mainstream choice within the Borough. It must be obvious – use the ruddy facility for mainstream taste!
6. Cyril Smith – Another Liberal Democrat who appears to have been abusing young children. It seems to me the Liberal Democrat Party is a magnet to sexual deviants and perverts. Watch this space - it appears that portly Cyril may out-do Jimmy Saville?
7. Lord Renard- accused by his fellow female Liberal Democrat party members of abusing his power of office by touching them up on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for him not many takers (apparently - so the aforementioned ladies say)
8. Edward Davey’s hypocrisy proven by him removing from his website evidence of his long term stance against nuclear energy just prior to his recent massive U turn as part of the CON-DEMS. Come the next general election he will in any case be toast and mainly because all the left thinking voters in the borough are going to vote Tory. My view is that it is better to deal with an outright Tory than a Lib Dem traitor AKA our beloved (Not Anymore!) Member of parliament, the right deceitful (in my view) Edward Davey
9. Mike Hancock – Liberal Democrat MP in Portsmouth. I understand from the press he is going to probably face charges of sexually assaulting one of his constituents. Portsmouth Council already have, so I understand, held a damning internal enquiry. I suppose the upside for the Lib Dems is that it could prove to be a misunderstanding as was initially thought with Derek Osbourne
10. Finally there is the inconsequential former leader of the party who was a self confessed drunk. He was so second rate that I can only remember his first name …Charles ????. I suppose the current leader will go down in history as Nick Wotisname? – you know David Cameron’s stooge – you know the one who got ripped up on TV by Nigel Watisname? Perhaps they were related
I fully support this article and accordingly as a cyclist will be voting Green. in the local elections. i will not be voting Lib Dem However for the following reasons: 10 Issues concerning the Liberal Democrats that make them (IMHO) the laughing stock of Politics 1. Derek Osbourn- Long time leader of the KOT council who while in office was later found to be a proven ‘ring master’ of a paedophile group . Now serving a richly deserved jail sentence after being convicted as a paedophile 2. Nick Clegg being humiliated by Nigel Farage in the recent televised debates 3. The Liberal Democrats betraying their traditional left wing voters by forming the CON-DEM Government with Cameron’s public school chums AKA the Conservative Party 4. Under a Liberal Democrat Council for goodness knows how long all KOT residents now pay the highest Council Tax in London yet there are next to no public toilets in the Borough and no public parking for Motorcycles in New Malden – Pathetic! 5. Rose Theatre. Funded partially by the Liberal Democrat Council against the wishes of many a council tax payer in Kingston Upon Thames. The fayre served up is bland middle class rubbish deliberately aimed by a seemingly load of geriatric luvvies at alienating 90% of mainstream choice within the Borough. It must be obvious – use the ruddy facility for mainstream taste! 6. Cyril Smith – Another Liberal Democrat who appears to have been abusing young children. It seems to me the Liberal Democrat Party is a magnet to sexual deviants and perverts. Watch this space - it appears that portly Cyril may out-do Jimmy Saville? 7. Lord Renard- accused by his fellow female Liberal Democrat party members of abusing his power of office by touching them up on numerous occasions. Unfortunately for him not many takers (apparently - so the aforementioned ladies say) 8. Edward Davey’s hypocrisy proven by him removing from his website evidence of his long term stance against nuclear energy just prior to his recent massive U turn as part of the CON-DEMS. Come the next general election he will in any case be toast and mainly because all the left thinking voters in the borough are going to vote Tory. My view is that it is better to deal with an outright Tory than a Lib Dem traitor AKA our beloved (Not Anymore!) Member of parliament, the right deceitful (in my view) Edward Davey 9. Mike Hancock – Liberal Democrat MP in Portsmouth. I understand from the press he is going to probably face charges of sexually assaulting one of his constituents. Portsmouth Council already have, so I understand, held a damning internal enquiry. I suppose the upside for the Lib Dems is that it could prove to be a misunderstanding as was initially thought with Derek Osbourne 10. Finally there is the inconsequential former leader of the party who was a self confessed drunk. He was so second rate that I can only remember his first name …Charles ????. I suppose the current leader will go down in history as Nick Wotisname? – you know David Cameron’s stooge – you know the one who got ripped up on TV by Nigel Watisname? Perhaps they were related Voice of Reason & U Know It
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5:21am Sat 10 May 14

Beverly RA says...

Cyclists and cycling are of course entitled to their opinion. And it is right that they are given safe space on the roads and indeed more areas off the main roads to cycle. But with that comes responsibility . 20 mph stopping at red lights not cycling on Pavements not cycling the wrong way down one way streets and waring bright clothes at night should be mandatory by law.
There are many back cross county lanes still around like the one from New Malden stn to Raynes Park that can be used and I think a task force should be set up to see how many of them can be used thus separating bikes from traffic. Boris Bikes are a great successes and now that he is extending them into the suburbs it will benefit a lot more. People . I will not go into the voting issue But Boris ( Conservative Mayor of London) as done more to help and promote cyclists than any other Party plus setting up and funding teaching schools and safety classes across London so that our children can use this mode of transport safely and healthily. But not only has he done that he's funded cycle maintenance classes so that the bikes can be maintained at home. With the new laws being introduced on Lorries let us hope that we all are able to cycle more safely on our roads.
Cyclists and cycling are of course entitled to their opinion. And it is right that they are given safe space on the roads and indeed more areas off the main roads to cycle. But with that comes responsibility . 20 mph stopping at red lights not cycling on Pavements not cycling the wrong way down one way streets and waring bright clothes at night should be mandatory by law. There are many back cross county lanes still around like the one from New Malden stn to Raynes Park that can be used and I think a task force should be set up to see how many of them can be used thus separating bikes from traffic. Boris Bikes are a great successes and now that he is extending them into the suburbs it will benefit a lot more. People . I will not go into the voting issue But Boris ( Conservative Mayor of London) as done more to help and promote cyclists than any other Party plus setting up and funding teaching schools and safety classes across London so that our children can use this mode of transport safely and healthily. But not only has he done that he's funded cycle maintenance classes so that the bikes can be maintained at home. With the new laws being introduced on Lorries let us hope that we all are able to cycle more safely on our roads. Beverly RA
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