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If You Call Yourself a Cyclist, Who Should You Vote For? The Surprising Election Facts That All Bike Riders Should Know

Exclusive: No cyclist should vote in the general election without reading this first

Illustration by Matt Ward

Words by Suzie McCracken

In case you didn’t know, there’s a thing called an election coming up. That’s where people like you and me get to watch Eton-educated lizardmen cock up speeches and try to look ‘down with the kids’.

But hold on a minute! We can’t deny that democracy is cool. And even though the lizardmen are annoying, we recommend that you all register to vote and pick the most agreeable of the lot.

A great place to start is by considering the various parties’ cycling policies – because the qualities of caring about public health and the environment are probably indicative of an organisation’s general vibe, and it might make a difference to your future. Because if you were born after 1985, you won’t ever be able to afford a car anyway.

We asked British Cycling mouthpiece and general good guy, Chris Boardman, who he thinks young people in the UK should vote for if they care about cycling.

He sensibly told us: “I tend not to believe in parties, I believe in people. And there’s some people in these parties that know their stuff. Having a person high up the chain who wants it to happen, can make it happen.” 

“People should vote for those who they genuinely believe are going to do something, not for just cyclists, but for transport in this country. To make it a more liveable place to be.”

So here they are: the parties and their promises.


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