Recipro recently wrote about the spate of deaths experienced on London’s roads. Last Friday witnessed a mass protest of over 1,000 cyclists outside the Transport for London Headquarters.
The demonstration to encourage the authorities’ greater investment in road safety in London took the form of a mass ‘die-in protest’. The 15 minute lie down in the road saw riders and their bikes sprawled across Blackfriars Road while others held candles.
During November 6 cyclists died on the roads of London. The protest was inspired by similar demonstrations in Holland.
The campaigners are calling for greater investment in London’s cycling network to create a separate, segregated modern cycle network that is at least two meters wide. They believe that London has the space to create such a network.
The reality is that currently between 8-20 people have died each year since 2002. This recent spate has shed greater light on the issue but it is a long running problem that needs to be addressed. Further to this there have been over 330 serious injuries each year during this period.