Lesley Mansell, Labour’s candidate for the West of England Metro Mayor election, has released a statement to promote cycling in the region.
She said: “I recognise transport issues are a priority for many – if not most – of us who live and work in the West of England.
“Congestion and high ticket prices affect our economy, our productivity, our happiness and our health. As Metro Mayor, I will apply ‘joined-up’ thinking to our transport planning.
“I will prioritise healthy and environmentally methods of transport, and work with all the local authorities to ensure they factor in cycle routes, good walking routes, pedestrian and cycling safety, and intelligent public transport systems when planning and upgrading our transport networks.
“I am committed to rolling out Clear Air Zones (CAZ) across the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), and am delighted Defra has funded a CAZ for Bristol. I will push for additional funding for the WECA region, and look forward to implementing similar schemes in the area.
“I will encourage local authorities to work together to enable ‘joined-up’ use of our transport network. Linking together cycle routes, pedestrian walk-ways and public transport will enable more people to use these instead of driving.
“I also understand, for many would-be cyclists, the state of our roads is a deterrent. I pledge to improve the quality of our roads, including fixing potholes and lighting.
“I recognise that, for some people, driving is the only reliable way of getting to work or to the shops. I will listen to communities about how ‘transport poverty’ affects their lives.
“I will look for opportunities to create community-driven public transport schemes, as well as encouraging transport companies to provide a better, more affordable bus and rail provision.
“I will have the power to bring together stakeholders in the transport field, and will listen to and work with all those who are specialists in the WECA area.
“I will champion the needs of all transport users, including cyclists and pedestrians, when additional funding needs to brought in to improve our networks.”