Double Labour / Tory HQs –
#10%by2020 Stop Killing Cyclists Protests and Die-Ins !!
Tory HQ, 4 Matthew Parker Street, Westminster SW1H
Please bring gas or pollution masks.
Stop Killing Cyclists co-organiser Alex Raha said:
“Air pollution is poisoning millions of people in the UK, whilst traffic carbon emissions are contributing to the climate emergency. Road danger means most people do not feel safe cycling on UK roads, which means they lack life-saving physical exercise”.
The Die-In on 21st May will be dedicated to the memory of prominent octogenarian cycling campaigner and Stop Killing Cyclists member Londoner Bryan Stout, who was tragically killed by an inebriated driver in Spain in April 2017.
Notes to Editors:
* Invest 10% of Department for Transport Budget by 2020 in safer cycling/walking infrastructure.
⦁ Reduced taxes on more polluting cars
⦁ DfT released proposals to close down local street pollution monitoring
⦁ UK government lobbied EU to weaken pollution testing standards after VW scandal
⦁ Despite taxi numbers in London soaring above 100,000, government refusing to allow TfL to regulate taxi numbers in London.
⦁ Osborne slashed the already miniscule funding for cycling investment to a tiny pathetic 6% of what Dutch are spending, whilst allocating billions more to road-building.
⦁ Osborne has cut fuel duty at every single budget despite oil prices having fallen by over a third since 2012.
⦁ Government banned use of camera vehicles by local councils to enforce parking restrictions.
⦁ They refused to reduce speed limits to 60 mph on M1 and M3 help reduce frequency of EU pollution levels being breached.
⦁ They have proposed raising speed limit on motorways to 80 mph
⦁ UK government has been breaking EU road pollution law safety limits since 2010
⦁ Government found guilty of breaking EU pollution directive by UK Supreme Court in 2015
⦁ Government plans for London to continue to break EU pollution limits until 2025
⦁ Government plans for other major UK cities to continue to break EU pollution limits until 2030 e.g. Birmingham & Leeds
⦁ Government lobbied EU to dilute road pollution laws that it is breaking
⦁ Chancellor extended first MOT requirement from 3 to 4 years., thus enabling faulty polluting vehicles to be undetected on the roads for yet another year.
Tragically in the past week Karla Roman, Anita Szucs, Ben Wales and an unnamed person have been killed whilst either cycling or walking in London, Stop Killing Cyclists will be holding a vigil and die in to remember them as part of our protest.This highlights the need for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists is now more pressing than ever.
STOP KILLING CYCLISTS DEMAND HEALTHY STREETS, STREETS ON WHICH IT IS SAFE
FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE TO WALK AND CYCLE.
1 Ban all 0,1 & 2 star rated HGV’s by Dec 17, only allow 5 star beyond 2023
2 Accelerate the program of cycling infrastructure that was started by previous mayor
3 Commit to the spend £250 million of the next budget on active transport working towards 10%
of tfl budget for cycling and walking by 2020
4 Mandatory requirement for London operators & councils to adopt Construction Logistic and
Cyclist Safety (CLOCS)
5 TfL to extend Confidential Incident Reporting & Analysis (CIRAS) to all HGVs working for
Crossrail and Transport for London immediately and – by the end of 2017 – any HGV Operator
working on London’s roads should be signed up to an independent confidential safety incident
6 Trial an Idaho law that allows cyclists to treat red traffic lights as give way junctions, with full
right of way for pedestrians
Following on from London’s biggest ever bike die-in outside TfL headquarters in November 2013 this campaign (visit its associated Facebook page and discussion group) intends to build a peaceful but more radical approach to fighting for safer infrastructure for all of the city’s road users, though with a focus on cycling, within a framework that drives the message home to those who really need to hear it.
One year on, and we continue to protest radically: on 15 November 2014 we marched along Oxford Street behind a horse-drawn hearse and held a die-in at Marble Arch for ‘The National Funeral of the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence‘.
A few decades ago, the Dutch campaigned to reduce road danger, especially for young people that chose to walk or cycle, under the banner ‘Stop the Child Murder’ (‘Stop de kindermoord’) – it had an effect: after years of persistence The Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths.
PEACEFUL BUT MORE RADICAL
All road users are welcome to attend actions or join the campaign if they share and wish to express our concerns. There has been too much talk of war on the roads, and that only makes things worse. We’re trying to make things better.
Joining is just a matter of turning up at an action, and – if you use Facebook – by showing your support and getting involved there.
Volunteers are always welcome – without the amazing help we had from numerous people who created websites, printed and distributed flyers, made banners, offered PA systems, pestered media contacts – someone even built a bike-mounted stage for us on the day itself! – etc the TfL die-in just couldn’t have been the amazing and historic event it was.
Details of what led up to the creation of this group can be found in an article written by co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy that was published in The Ecologist, click:
Many of the topics that affect people who choose to cycle also affect people when they choose to walk; or people who have limited mobility; for that reason, a sister website was established by some of the same grass-roots volunteers, click:
Be sure to visit us in our other locations around the internet:
- Facebook Page (for announcements)
- Facebook Discussion Group (this is the main place for us)
- Twitter @StopKillingCycl
- YouTube Channel
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