Next Saturday members from the Constituency Labour Party are cycling the ring road in Canterbury to help celebrate the World Car Free Day.
Last year Labour councillors won support from the Canterbury Area Member Panel for a car free day for the city, but since this victory, the local council have been slow to act . Local campaigner Ryan Smith said “In light of the City and County Council’s failure to act, we are planning a protest which will once again remind the council of how important we need reduce emissions for all our sakes”
The ride which has the full support by Rosie Duffield MP, Labour City Councillors and green ambassadors from across the area, will start at the Victoria Hotel on London Road at 16:00 and will slowly cycle around the flat ring road. It will finish up at the Guildhall near Westgate Tower.
The group, led by local campaigner, David Ewens is open to all abilities; the ride will be slow and fun. Speaking about the event he said “Canterbury is a highly congested city with poor air quality. We need a radical new approach to transport and traffic in the town, it’s not so much a matter of punishing car and vehicle drivers but encouraging and rewarding them with alternatives”
Rosie Duffield says, ‘This will be a fantastic event, drawing attention to an issue often forgotten by some of our city leaders; I am supporting David Ewans and Alan Baldock, the leader of the Labour Group of Councillors, in this excellent initiative’.
There is a Facebook Group for the event called ‘Canterbury Car-Free Day Cycle Ride’ or e-mail the team to express interest on the e-mail address at firstname.lastname@example.org