A debate on the role and future of cycling in London is just of a number of public discussions taking place as part of the Story of London season which runs from 1st October to 10th October 2010.
Launched last year by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the Story of London is a season of public exhibitions, debates and events celebrating the capital.
On the 5th of October the London Transport Museum will be inviting speakers to discuss the role of the bicycle in the capital’s transport network and whether “it really is the future”.
The debate will be Chaired by BBC London radio’s Robert Elms and include contributions from David Hargreaves from the City of London Police’s cycling division and Green Party London Assembly Member Jenny Jones.
Confirming the debate, Sam Mullins, Director, London Transport Museum said “Cycling is certainly back in fashion and the launch of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme has raised many people’s awareness, not least my own!”
“We are delighted to have such high profile speakers including Richard Thorpe, inventor of the Go-cycle, and Mike Rutherford, the highly respected motoring journalist, with some strong opinions on what the future of transport should look like.”
Other debates taking place include a series organised by the British Library exploring the role of the City, the growth of London and the future of the capital’s and the legacy of the London Oympics.
Mayor Boris Johnson formally launched this year’s season on Monday at the Royal Institution.
Speaking at the launch the Mayor said “London has always been at the heart of technological, scientific, cultural and social advances, as the extraordinary variety of activities taking place during the Story of London shows. From Faraday to Chaplin to Westwood, London continues to be at the forefront of ideas and ingenuity, playing a crucial role in every sphere of human activity.
“Think of our cycle hire scheme, the developments around the Olympic Park and at King’s Cross, and the exciting proposals for a Green Enterprise District in Docklands – our city is always looking forward, its adventurous spirit a key factor for its enduring success. I am committed to ensuring that creative and inventive people are able to thrive, so that the city’s pioneering reputation for innovation continues, which in turn will ensure its long term success as we emerge from the downturn.’
The Story of London is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for London. Chairman Wesley Kerr said it was “great to be able to support so many fascinating projects from boroughs across the metropolis involving Londoners young and old and interpreting this year’s theme of innovation.
“The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to again be participating in the Story of London. Our awards, will enable an exciting array of events ; including heritage research , exhibitions, street theatre, artworks and guided walks – all showcasing our great old city’s wonderful immensity.”
For more information on Story of London events visit london.gov.uk/storyoflondon.