06/09/2013 | by Keltron
On Friday night many of London’s cyclists clocked off early, mounted their bikes, pedalled down to Transport for London’s (TfL) headquarters in central London, daubed themselves with fake blood and threw themselves to the floor in the middle of the road. The striking protest lasted for fifteen minutes and was in response to the recent spate of deaths amongst cycling commuters on London’s busy roads.
10 cyclists have died in November, including 3 who died on one of London’s Cycle Superhighways – tracks designated for cyclists. The quick succession of fatal accidents sparked London’s two-wheeled community to raise awareness about the lack of road safety and attention paid to cyclists. The ‘die-in’ was organised by an organisation called ‘Stop the Killing’ and also acted as a vigil for the people who have died in the past month.
Stop the Killing have put forward a number of measures they would like to see implemented to improve road safety. These include an increase of spending per head on cycling provisions and a ban on vehicles whose drivers cannot see adjacent vehicles. It’s estimated that there are over half a million bike journeys made every day in the British capital and about a 1000 cyclists attended the demonstration on Friday evening – it followed several protests in previous weeks with the same purpose.
London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson drew criticism in the weeks before the process when he suggested that there was nothing authorities could do to prevent these deaths. Johnson, who heads TfL, also said that some cyclists brought it on themselves by not abiding by traffic regulations.