Press Release – Over 350 Cyclists Signed up for Elephant Draw-In and Die-In Direct Action

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Over 350 Cyclists Signed up for Elephant Draw-In and Die-In Direct Action

Press Release Date: 19th May 2014

What: Direct Action Draw-In and Die-In
When: Wednesday 21st May, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Outside Strata SE1, Elephant & Castle southern junction, SE1 6EJ
Bring: Chalk.
Details: Map, background, news reports
RSVP: Facebook event listing

Over 350 cyclists have already signed up to attend a protest at London’s most dangerous junction this Wednesday, following the death of Abdelkhalak Lahyani last Monday at Elephant & Castle. Protesters are so frustrated at the lack of urgent action that they will chalk in the route of the segregated cycle-lane that Southwark Council and TfL failed to include in the recent multi-million junction refurbishment, despite the calls by campaigners to do so.

We will also stage a die-in with our bodies and bikes along the route of the vital cycle-lane.
The Facebook event page is at: Stop Killing Cyclists – Direct Action Elephant & Castle (Link: http://goo.gl/7bwnNq )

Stop Killing Cyclists Co-organiser Donnachadh McCarthy said,

“This was not an accident but a designed-in killing. TfL insisted on lethally prioritising traffic speeds through the junction and Southwark Council’s Transport Plan opposes segregated cycle-lanes.”

He added,

“Southwark was warned that its policy of using cyclists bodies to slow HGV trucks and buses would end up in carnage on our streets. It is time now for Southwark & TfL to send in emergency crews to install the safe segregated left-hand turn by-passes that campaigners have demanded for years.”

Stop Killing Cyclists have consulted professional traffic engineers and they confirm our proposals are sensible, practical and cost less than £10,000. Action is now needed before yet more lives are needlessly sacrificed and families cruelly torn-apart.

RSVP: contact@3acorns.co.uk or 07947 884299

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Note to editors:

1. Stop Killing Cyclists is the direct action protest group set up after the spate of cyclist killings in London, in November 2013. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists lay down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London.

2. The London boroughs, including Southwark, are responsible for 95% of London’s roads, whereas the London Mayor and TfL control the remaining 5%, i.e. the very large arterial routes.

3. Southwark Council has not installed a single metre of segregated cycle-lane in the 3 years since their Head of Planning, Simon Bevan announced a policy of using cyclists to slow the traffic.

4. The Southern Roundabout where the tragedy took place was resigned in 2010. The redesign was planned to speed traffic flow and failed to install any adequate physical protection for cyclists, despite TfL being told their designs failed to protect them.

5. A recent FOI survey by Stop Killing Cyclists revealed that 24 London Boroughs had installed ZERO metres of segregated cycle-lanes since the last elections in 2010.

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