Cyclists from the Stop Killing Cyclists movement will lie in the road as if dead, covered in white sheets, at Vauxhall Cross as part of an effort to keep pressure on Boris Johnson to address what they consider his failure to make the capital safer for cyclists.
The stated aims of the protest, with the hashtag #VauxhallDemo, are: to remember all victims of the treacherous intersection; to highlight that cyclists are forced from a segregated lane into traffic on the southern approach to Vauxhall Bridge; and to call for an extension of existing cycle-specific infrastructure.
“Right across London cyclists are being crushed at left-hand turns, and yet all the Mayor has done is blame the victims,” organisers said, adding a swipe at the Mayor’s recent revelation he was considering banning cyclists from listening to music while on London’s roads.
“Dangerous LHTs and HGVs are what are killing cyclists Mr Mayor – not headphones,” a statement said.
Between November 5-18, six cyclists died in collisions with buses or lorries in the capital, lumping pressure on Mr Johnson to explain the spike.
The Mayor defended his record, highlighting that the fatalities brought the tally of deaths this year to the same as for last year.
He also said that the number of deaths has fallen during his time in office – but critics pointed to figures relating to the number of killed and seriously injured, which has increased.
- New safe cycling routes for London (theecologist.org)
- Boris Tells Cycle Groups: Don’t Focus On Deaths (news.sky.com)
- Protesting cyclists risk scaring drivers from switching to bikes, warns Boris Johnson (independent.co.uk)
- Cyclists stage London “Die-In” to protest traffic conditions and cyclist deaths (treehugger.com)
- Boris Johnson: ‘Death protests’ risk scaring cyclists off the road (metro.co.uk)