For anybody not subscribed to the Embassy RSS feed or newsletter (and really, what is wrong with you?): the Cycling Embassy is now ready for an official launch party. It’s in two weeks, on Saturday 3rd. We’ll be meeting a little before midday on the south side of Lambeth Bridge, beside the Thames Path (where MPs made Lambeth Council put up “no cycling” signs, and Lambeth Cyclists made the council take them down again), and beside the impressive sounding Jubilee Olympic Greenway — as Boris Johnson says, “few cities in the world can boast such a supurb asset for cyclists and walkers” (it’s, er, a series of big congested roads). We’ll then take one of the most absurd cycle lanes in the city over the bridge to the park for a picnic.
The Cycling Embassy, remember, is not primarily about cyclists but about would-be cyclists: people who want to cycle, but not on the horrible roads typical of British towns and cities. You don’t need to have a bicycle to join us, just a desire for our streets to be made into better places, where people can use a bicycle if they want to.
The Embassy already has a manifesto and mission statement, and a fast-growing set of resources on the website; a post-launch lobbying programme for specific detailed policies is in development.