There are elections on May 6th for the regional West of England Mayor, the Bristol Mayor, and many local councillors. We’ve met most of the mayoral candidates to discuss our Cycling Manifesto for West of England, and Cycling Manifesto for Bristol. Here are the responses to our challenges from the main candidates for WECA Mayor (and here for Bristol Mayor). We use their own words where provided, or our understanding from meeting them. These are our challenges:
Create an annual £10m Active Travel Challenge Fund, committing £90m until 2030.
Use the highest standards for cycling infrastructure in all WECA does (LTN 1/20 guidance).
Appoint an Active Travel Commissioner
Take Action Candidates need to know there is support for cycling, which means votes. Please take a moment to tell them by tweet or email. All you need to say is ‘Please support the Bristol Cycling Manifesto’ and include a link if you wish. It only takes a handful of tweets or emails to get noticed, so every one matters. There’s a useful page with all the contact details at Moving Bristol Forward.
Dan Norris – Labour
Jerome Thomas – Greens
Samuel Williams – Conservative
Stephen Williams – Liberal Democrats
VOTING Mayors and police and crime commissioners
You have two votes. Select a first and second preference – if no candidate receives 50% of first-preference choices, the top two go into a run-off. The second preferences of voters whose favoured candidates have been eliminated are then taken into account. You should try to use your second vote for a candidate likely to be in the run-off.