Almost three years have passed. Gilligan has managed to steer the TfL tanker to much higher levels of quality, supported by a Mayor keen to leave a legacy which is not just blue paint.
However the core part of the strategy, the Central London Cycling Grid is in danger of being swept aside by corrupt Local Authorities which have no ambition and are marionettes of minority self-interest groups, such as taxi drivers and car owners.
I have alerted the leadership of the London Cycling Campaign that if they don't urgently mobilise the membership and robustly engage Gilligan, the Local Authorities and the LCC local groups, we are not going to witness a Dutch-quality network but a total travesty, not dissimilar to the pitiful LCN of decades ago.
So far I have not received an answer to my letter below. I urge you all to write to the LCC and express your dismay at the plans (or lack of) proposed by Westminster, Camden, Islington, City, Southwark and Kensington, and request an energetic response.
- co-ordination from LCC HQ; this must be a key campaign for 2015
- the various local groups to be on message; the quality of the network MUST BE HOMOGENEOUSWe are winning, but now we need to fight twice as hard to achieve our goals
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