London bike rally bids to make cycle safety an election issue

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Media captionThe rally started at Park Lane and ended at Victoria Embankment

More than 5,000 cyclists have taken part in a rally aimed at persuading London's mayoral candidates to ensure roads are safer for those on bicycles.

The four-mile Big Ride, through central London, was organised by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC).

It wants the mayoral candidates to sign up to the "Love London, Go Dutch" idea, which hopes to make the capital as safe for cycling as it is in Holland.

Roads closed for the event have since been reopened.

'Weak commitments'

LCC's chief executive, Ashok Sinha, said: "The Big Ride is our best chance to show the next mayor we're serious about redesigning our streets to make them safer for everyone.

"Some of the mayoral manifestos show very weak commitments to cycling, so every person who comes to the Big Ride can help push safer cycling up the next mayoral agenda."

The Big Ride started at Park Lane and passed Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square, before ending on the Victoria Embankment.

Londoners go to the polls on Thursday to vote in the London mayoral and London Assembly elections.

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