Campaign priorities

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At our most recent open meeting, we spent a while discussing our campaign priorities. Our campaign objectives have been clearly and excellently set out visually on this map https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1–Ve0ZtdCfPYdSEzfiUGglQsPMZqVqdd&ll=51.48950346691411%2C-0.05688684633789354&z=12

They are pretty comprehensive, we believe, although dont include absolutely everything, we acknowledge. There are undoubtedly a few things we dont cover in the map that we would love to add. However, we have to be realistic when setting out what we can deal with as a volunteer run group. Everybody who gives up their time to work with us have full and busy personal, family and work lives as well. So, although we regret leaving a few things off the list, we believe this map sets out a good framework for campaigning and helps those new to the group to understand our priorities.

Even if it doesn’t cover everything, the map covers an awful lot. And, you may have noticed, our council has a long way to go before it begins to reach even its own targets set in the boroughs cycling strategy back in 2017. Let alone everything on our map.

So, as we approach the elections in 2022, we have pulled out some of the key priorities from the map, which we believe it would be reasonable to expect any council to deliver in one term, especially one which has declared a climate emergency, has declared a commitment to increasing active travel and desperately needs to sort out the unacceptable levels of congestion, road danger and noise and air pollution its residents currently suffer. Enabling those who want to cycle to do so is one strand in any policy to tackle these issues.

The presentation linked to below was part of our last meeting and draws out those key priorities from our wider campaign objectives. You are welcome to view it. If you think you can help in any way in our campaigning on these issues, then we need you.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19OCmKVVTZyi8ciWodDPYSZUl6yMn7rFL/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=114575009086400309574&rtpof=true&sd=true

Email us on lewishamcyclists@gmail.com. And come to one of our meetings held online on the third Wednesday of the month at the moment.