I met the editor of the Ely Standard yesterday (Oct 24th). He offered to meet with the cyclists of Ely after their front page article last week got so much stick and didn’t want to waste the opportunity.
We don’t condone cycling on the pavements but do dislike negative press when for the most part cyclists are part of the solution, not the problem.
I thought rather than going in on the defensive I would tell him all about our attempt to solve some of the problems; 20’s Plenty.
I took a handful of press releases, I explained our intention was to take the campaign to the City of Ely Council, then the District and then the County creating a body of support that would bring the speed limit down through the democratic process.
The crucial thing is councillors won’t vote it through without public support, this means signatures and dare I say it, a media campaign. He was very interested in backing the reduction in speed everywhere that is currently 30mph and is keen to get cracking.
The timing is perfect and public support is what’s required.
If you would like to contribute to a feature the Ely Standard want to run, they are looking for stories of run-ins with bad drivers, speeding, accidents as well as everyday stories about the perils of getting from one side of Ely to the other, either on foot or by bike.
If you have anything to contribute, please send it to the 20’s Plenty for Ely Campaign ASAP with photos if possible.
Email your contributions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 20’s plenty for Ely website is: www.ely.20splentyforus.org.uk
You can sign the petition here: www.ely.20splentyforus.org.uk/#/sign-our-petition/4566672961