Westminster Labour support for Cycle for Work day
Cllr Jason Williams, Westminster Labour Shadow Cabinet member for City Management and Sustainability has called on Westminster Council for more support for Cyclists and an extension of the Santander Bicycle Hire Scheme across the City including to Queen’s Park and Harrow Road wards.
Cllr Williams in a letter to Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster’s Cabinet member for Parking and Sustainability said “Cycling has an important part to play in Westminster both in reducing congestion and greater health benefits and we fully support initiatives such as the current resident petition to extend the Bicycle Hire Scheme in Queen’s Park and support for the scheme in Harrow Road which is firmly supported by the Labour ward Councillors.”
He said “I have continued to raise cycling issues with Westminster officers and will continue to work hard to ensure cyclists concerns are raised at the heart of the Council. We welcome the upcoming trial installation of bicycle storage hangers and would urge Westminster to expedite the role out of these facilities, a common feature in many other boroughs, where hangers have been clearly requested by local residents.”
A petition to extend the scheme is Queen’s Park is at https://t.co/JlnUutXnbt
Cycle to Work Day Wednesday 14 September
I was pleased to see a range of activities planned by the Council for Cycle to Work Day including the Cycle Stations and Dr Bike health checks both of which I warmly welcome.
In order to make an impact to as great a number of cyclists as possible I would like to see both sessions held at more venues across the City. I was pleased to see one Dr Bike health check was scheduled to be in my ward on Tuesday but concerned that holding this on a weekday evening might limit the numbers of those who can attend.
We would also support the extension of the Santander Bike scheme to Queen’s Park and Harrow Road and are supporting Queen’s Park residents in their current petition on this issue. We also support the provision of bicycle storage hangers where these have been clearly requested by local residents and would urge the council to make it easier to request such facilities once the Ilbert Street pilot scheme is installed.
Cllr Jason Williams
Shadow Cabinet member for City Management and Sustainability