Sadiq Khan answers our London Mayor cycling test

We spoke to candidates and shared the three essential things that we believe the Mayoral candidates should pledge to deliver:

  • A network of cycling routes for all
  • Empowered communities to make safer local streets
  • London’s biggest barriers to cycling and walking busted.

The response from Sadiq Khan is below. You can also read responses from Caroline Pidgeon, Siân Berry and Zac Goldsmith. If we hear back from any other candidates we will share them too.

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Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan is Labour’s candidate for Mayor of London

“My story is a story of London. My father was a bus driver and my mother sewed clothes. London gave me the chance to go from a council estate to helping to run a successful business and serving in the Cabinet.

“My vision for London is a simple one - I want all Londoners to have the same opportunities that our city gave me: a home they can afford, a high-skilled job with decent pay, an affordable and modern transport system and a safe, clean and healthy environment."


As the next Mayor of London, I want to make our capital a byword for cycling around the world. Though progress has been made under the past two mayors, we still have a lot of work to do to protect cyclists and pedestrians.

We have to increase the pace of change and increase the proportion of Transport for London’s budget spent on cycling.

I firmly believe getting more people on to bikes will help get our growing population moving better around the city.

And I’m glad to have been complimented on my ideas by Chris Boardman, the Olympic gold medal winner and policy adviser to British Cycling. Chris said I was ‘bullish’ about improving opportunities for cyclists, and he isn’t wrong.

High on my list of priorities is to pursue continued investment in the infrastructure for cycling, including the next generation of Cycle Superhighways, further investment in Quietways and town centre improvement schemes. I will encourage increased cycle storage on street in residential areas and in new office developments.

I will target investment for the completion of works to tackle the capital’s most dangerous junctions, making our roads safer not just for cyclists but for everyone, and I will work with cycling groups, local authorities, TfL and businesses to identify ways of cutting the number of the most dangerous lorries from London’s roads at the busiest times.

I am a supporter of the ‘20’s Plenty For Us’ campaign initiative to reduce average speeds on the capital’s residential roads, and will encourage the roll out of 20mph zones. We should also pursue ways of breaching some of London’s physical barriers to cyclists, such as the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf cycling and pedestrian bridge, which Sustrans are doing a great job of promoting.

As Mayor I will appoint a first Pedestrian Champion at TfL to lead on measures to promote walking across the city, and I will quickly identify routes children can use on their way to school away from the most polluted roads.

Our air has to be made cleaner, for the cyclists who breathe it in, the pedestrians going to and from work and for our children walking to school. Car-free weekends in central London, along the lines of those adopted successfully by Paris, are something I’ll look at very closely, and I also believe we need to take action to pedestrianise Oxford Street, and part-pedestrianise Parliament Square.

To tackle pollution on London’s streets, I will examine widening the area covered by the Ultra-Low Emission Zone and investigate bringing forward its introduction.

A lot has changed since my dad drove the 44 bus but I have used London’s public transport all my life and feel really enthusiastic about making it greener and improving the service to lure more drivers off the road. That’s why, from 2020, I only want London to buy electric or hydrogen buses, reducing the city’s diesel emissions. It’s also why I’ll freeze fares until 2020 to get more people off the roads and on to public transport.

Transforming London into a truly green, cycle-friendly city is one of the key tests facing the next Mayor. Sustrans has done some fantastic work over the years. The National Cycle Network has been a great success. I look forward to working with the organisation and its stakeholders to realise our mutual ambitions.

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