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Boris u-turns on car free Sundays

The papers are today splashing the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson’s, new found support for the idea of a car free Sunday in London.

The Independent reports:

“speaking on a visit to Indonesia the Mayor of London said he was in favour of copying a scheme in Jakarta where areas of the capital have been closed to traffic from 6am every Sunday. “I was blown away by the popularity of the car-free Sunday here,” he said. “I will certainly be asking Transport for London to dust down [their] old ideas and have a look.”

Curious that Johnson was so blown away by the scheme in Jakarta in 2014 and so unimpressed with a comparable Colombian scheme that Green Assembly Member Jenny Jones asked him about in 2010.

In 2010 Jenny Jones asked the mayor:

“Will you consider replicating in London the hugely popular Colombian scheme whereby many city roads are closed to motor vehicles on Sundays and public holidays from 7am – 2pm?”

The Mayor, just 4 years ago, responded:

“Widespread restrictions may not be as viable in London compared to Bogotá. However, TfL is investigating options for single or localised street closures that may potentially help achieve a cycling revolution and increase walking, whilst maintaining the movement of people and goods.”

In short, he said, probably not.

What made him change his mind?

Hynd’s Blog hopes it is not something as simple as crass populism in light of his parliamentary ambitions…

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How to decide who to vote for in the 2012 London Mayoral Elections

Step 1. Watch the election broadcasts:

Green – Jenny Jones:

Labour – Ken Livingstone:

Conservative – Boris Johnson:

Liberal Democrat – Brian Paddick:

Independent – Siobhan Benita:

BNP – Carlos Cortiglia (a sort of broadcast):

UKIP – Lawrence Webb

Step 2. Go to Vote Match and see which ones match up best with your own views. (it only takes 5 minuets).

Step 3. Remember that the elections use the Supplementary Voting system. Simply, this means you can put down both your first and second choice. In other words, you can vote first for the person you want to win and then secondly you can vote for the person you think is most likely to beat the person you don’t want to win. Clear?

Voting is on May 3rd.

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