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Benedict

Member since Sep 2009 • Last active Apr 2021
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    politicians going to politic

    lol. happy voting

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    This makes sense - thanks for explaining.

    I didn't realise that it was so unlikely / impossible for a candidate to get 50%. If that's the case and the second choices will be counted, then may as well use the transfer to send a message.

    Annoying that not all greens back LTNs though.

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    Hey I’m off to bed now but just wanted to say thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts and info. I definitely feel better informed now and hopefully we’ll get a good result.

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    @Backstop

    I’m not sure that I agree or maybe I’m being dumb. Or possibly a bit of both.

    If cyclists voting green meant that Khan didn’t get the 50%, it would be a strategic failure, right?

    Your point assumes Bailey gets over 50% but that’s a big assumption to have up front as a reason to preemptively split the vote.

    Sounds like - ‘we’re going to loose anyway, may as well vote green’.

    But why lose in the first place? Does that make any sense?

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    I might be missing something, but the booklet explains that a mayoral candidate receiving over 50% of ‘first choice’ votes wins. So if the cycling vote were split between green and labour, it follows that an anti-cycling candidate could win simply by having a more focused electorate.

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    Sadiq has mooted the idea of using existing legal powers to take control of the roads from local councils. Probably bluffing but would be one way to get the lanes built.

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    I had a quick Google of Sadiq’s record on cycling, one article from the guardian and one from a cycling mag.

    Consensus seems to be that he’s pro cycling but frequently overruled by local councils (who run the roads). As a result they are massively underspent on cycling budgets. Khan has been very vocal in his criticism of these councils’ behaviour.

    I worry that voting green is a missed opportunity to just get Sadiq back in cleanly with over 50% of the votes. Because I do not think that green has a real chance of winning anything.

    I also heard a green candidate on R4 recently speaking critically of the LTNs.

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    Hey I just got my booklet with the mayoral candidates today. An unnerving number of them explicitly campaigning on removing cycle lanes, removing low traffic neighbourhoods, cancelling congestion charges and ULEZ etc. In short - anti cycling pro private cars.

    I wonder if there is any consensus on who to vote for to try to ensure mayoral support for cycling. This might not necessarily be the most pro-cycling candidate, but the one most likely to win.

    I think probably Sadiq but have no real idea.
    Who are you folks going to vote for?

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    Great - Thank you! I’ll be confirming places in the next week or two.

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