Candidates for York & N Yorkshire Mayor
Candidates for York & N Yorkshire Mayor

A Mayor of the York & North Yorkshire region will be elected on 2nd May 2024.

Transport hustings are being held at Friargate Meeting House in York at 6.30pm on Monday 8th April 2024. This is an opportunity to ask candidates about their attitude to active travel, and request that they sign up to pledges.

The York & North Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

The new York & North Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) launched on 1st February 2024.

The MCA’s main areas of focus are:

  • transport
  • housing
  • skills and the economy
  • net zero

There is initial funding of £540 million over 30 years. The MCA will also be able to make further bids for funding, for example from the Active Travel Fund.

The MCA is based at County Hall, Northallerton – the same place as North Yorkshire Council.

Pledges on Active Travel

Together with York Cycle Campaign, we have agreed five active travel pledges to put to the Mayoral candidates.

They are:

1) Commit to the government’s targets to double the level of cycling in North Yorkshire by 2025, and for 50% of all short urban journeys in North Yorkshire to be walked or cycled by 2030.

2) Sign up to Vision Zero ambition to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from North Yorkshire’s roads.

3) Dedicate at least 10% of the Mayoral transport funding to projects that provide high-quality cycling and walking infrastructure that complies with national design standards.

4) Support the local implementation of safe cycling and walking routes (a) in towns and cities to link people to schools, workplaces, public transport hubs and shopping facilities and (b) in rural areas, to link villages, towns and cities, and as leisure routes.

5) Appoint a North Yorkshire Active Travel Commissioner and provide them with the political support and funding to achieve real change.

five active travel pledges

Mayoral Candidates

The Mayoral Candidates who have been announced are:

  • David Skaith (Labour)
  • Kevin Foster (Green)
  • Felicity Cunliffe-Lister (Liberal Democrat)
  • Keane Duncan (Conservative)
  • Paul Haslam (Independent)
  • Keith Tordoff (Independent)

The election uses the First Past the Post system.

Transport Hustings

Mayoral transport hustings graphic
Mayoral transport hustings graphic

York Cycle Campaign and York Civic Trust have organised transport hustings, where the candidates can be quizzed on their approach to active travel.

They are to be held at the Friargate Centre in York, 6.30-8pm on Monday 8th April 2024. Please attend if you can.

It will be a Q&A session, along the lines of BBC Question Time.

If you intend to be there and you would like to submit a question in advance, please do so by emailing andy@cycle-heaven.co.uk.

Mayoral Election May 2024

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