Mayoral and Local Elections 2021

There are a large number of elections occurring across the UK on 6th May 2021 including directly elected Mayors, local councils and 40 Police and Crime Commissioners . We believe that these offer a good opportunity to put the case for Vision Zero and we have developed a number of manifestos for some of these elections.

We will be listing them below along with the groups that we are working in each location. We hope that these will be of value in your campaigning for safe roads and healthier and happier places to live.

West Midlands

Elections are being held on 6th May for the Mayor of West Midlands along with local elections for Councillors on each of the seven Local Authorities that make up the combined authority. Iin addition there are elections for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands City Region.

A large coalition of groups has come together to call on the Mayoral candidates to address the region’s lack of progress in reducing casualties in recent years and to adopt a set of policies which will start to address the toll of road casualties with a Vision Zero target that by 2040 no one will be killed or injured on the roads in the West Midlands. Once adopted, these policies will at the same time help tackle other key issues such as improving air quality, reducing CO2 emissions and improving public health by enabling more people to walk and cycle.

The full manifesto can be downloaded here

Greater Manchester

There are elections for the Mayor of Greater Manchester who serves as the directly elected leader of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (City of Manchester, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Bolton, Wigan, City of Salford and Trafford). Action Vision Zero and the Vision Zero Youth Council Manchester have produced a joint manifesto with seeks to tackle the serious issues that Greater Manchester faces with road danger and the lack of progress that has been made to reduce fatalities and serious casualties in recent years. At the heart of our manifesto is the call for all Mayoral candidates to “confirm their support for Vision Zero, their commitment to set a target for ending fatal and serious road casualties (along with interim targets)” and to pledge to adopt a series of policies that can begin to deliver this aim.

The full manifesto can be downloaded here


London

In London there are elections for the London Mayor and the Greater London Assembly. Action Vision Zero has published a manifesto with asks for London mayoral candidates. London has already adopted Vision Zero with a target date that by 2041 there will be no fatal or serious casualties on London’s roads. Our manifesto acknowledges the progress that London has made but asks the new Mayor to go further, in particular around:

  • Healthy and safe high streets and town centres
  • Lower speeds
  • Roads Policing
  • Less traffic
  • Active neighbourhoods

The full manifesto can be downloaded here

We have been working closely with RoadPeace and we are meeting with candidates alongside RoadPeace over the coming weeks to discuss our asks. The RoadPeace manifesto can be seen here.

If you would like see our asks delivered on in London, you can contact London mayoral candidates with our asks at the following addresses:

Sadiq Khan (Labour) https://sadiq.london/

Luisa Porrit (Liberal Democrats) https://www.luisa4london.co.uk/

Shaun Bailey (Conservative) shaunbailey.uk

Sian Berry (Green Party) sian4mayor@greenparty.org.uk

Peter Gammons (UKIP) https://peterformayor.london/

Rosalind Readhead (Independent) https://rosalindreadheadlondon.com/

Mandu Reid (Women’s Equality Party) https://www.womensequality.org.uk/mandu_reid_gla