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KENSINGTON & CHELSEA TOWN HALL DIE IN

When: Thursday, October 12th, 5.30pm to 7pm

Where: Horton Street, W8 7NX

Stop Killing Cyclists will be staging a Die-In Vigil and Protest outside Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall, on Thursday 12th October from 5’30pm to 7pm to mark the terrible killing of a young 36 year old woman at Chelsea Bridge.

Our hearts go out to the family of the second cycling victim of a HGV killing in Kensington & Chelsea within a year.

Every week, pedestrians and cyclists are being killed by dangerously designed trucks. It is outrageous that Transport Minister Jesse Norman, whilst acting immediately on the one fixie-bike death in 30 years, has totally failed to act legally make HGVs safer or to take the simple ministerial commencement action to allow TfL to fine drivers who dangerously enter mandatory cycle lanes.

Kensington & Chelsea have responsibility for traffic on Chelsea Bridge.

In our 2015 survey of all London boroughs, Chelsea ranked as the most cyclo-phobic in London.:

* For years they opposed all proposals by the Mayor of London to build protected cycle lanes through the Borough, blocking new safe routes to West and North-West London.
*They have refused to build a single meter of protected cycle lanes on their own roads, insisting that children and pensioners on bikes must share the roads with HGVs and buses.
*They even oppose protected bus-stop cycle bypasses.
* They are one of the few inner London Boroughs refusing to introduce the safe 20 mph speed limit.

Kensington & Chelsea failed the tenants of Grenfell.

For years, they have also lethally failed to protect the thousands of kids, adults and pensioners who want to cycle in the borough.

Our Die-In is demanding:

1/ Kensington & Chelsea must stop its disgraceful opposition to all of the proposed London Mayor’s protected cycle highways through the Borough.

2/ TfL must urgently revisit the designs for Chelsea Bridge Junction and bring them up to Go Dutch standards.

3/ The Transport Minister must stop opposing the introduction of long demanded regulations for safer HGV truck design and legislate urgently to get lethal blind HGVs off our roads and also issue the commencement order to enable TfL to fine HGV trucks and traffic that illegally drive into mandatory cycle lanes. Too many pedestrians and people cycling are being killed week after week by them.

There were 26 crashes at Chelsea Bridge Junction last year, the largest of any junction in the Borough.

21 year old Prince Filippo Corsini was killed by a HGV truck on Kensington High Street in November 2016.

Press Contact: Donnachadh McCarthy 07947 884299

Vigil for Ardian Zagani The Sixth London Person Killed While Cycling This Year

(photo ©Tom Kearney)

Vigil for Ardian Zagani The Sixth London Person Killed While Cycling This Year

For the sixth time this year, Stop Killing Cyclists (SKC), the direct action pressure group, will be remembering a person who has died after being involved in an incident with the driver of a motor vehicle, while they were riding their bicycle. This commemoration will be with a Vigil and Die-In at the scene of the incident.

The person being remembered is Ardian Zagani, known to his friends as “Sam” and in his 30s, who died as a result of his bicycle being hit by a van being driven along Camden Road at the junction with Hilldrop Crescent just after 6am on Tuesday 29th August. Ardian was commuting to his first day
back at work at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in Tottenham where he worked as a caretaker.

Stop Killing Cyclists will begin gathering from 5.30pm on Monday 4th September at the junction of Camden Road and Hilldrop Crescent and the vigil will formally start after 6pm. In this sadly increasingly familiar sight on the streets of London, short speeches will be given, candles lit, and flowers laid around a ghost bike in memory of Mr Zagani, before
hundreds of people will lay on the road, many with their bikes.

Traffic will be brought to a standstill for ten minutes, and all will be given a space to contemplate the terrible price paid by Ardian Zagani, and by cyclists and pedestrians killed and seriously injured on the streets of London.

To date, Islington Council and Transport for London (TfL) have so far failed to provide cycling provision along a busy corridor connecting North and Central London, and must take responsibility for this latest tragedy.
Both TfL and Islington Council seem content with allowing with buses, HGVs and motor traffic sharing space with people on bicycles, which will only lead to more tragedies like this. TfL has identified that more than 50% of collisions involving cyclists take place at junctions and have acknowledged
Camden Road as an area of high potential for cycling in their Strategic Cycling Analysis.

Stop Killing Cyclists are calling for Islington Council to tackle its shocking failure to date, and work with TfL to improve safety on its roads. Both authorities are complicit in Ardian’s death for failing to build safe segregated cycle lanes along A503 Camden Road. We also call upon the Metropolitan Police to strictly enforce the 20mph Borough wide speed limit
in Islington, which has been in place for more than a year, to help reduce road danger for all road users.

SKC Co-organiser Nicola Branch said “We are calling for TfL and Islington Council to provide protected infrastructure on Camden Road, like the bike lanes you see on Blackfriars Bridge. It also needs traffic calming measures. Pedestrians need protection too, with proper crossings. When I was at the scene of the incident, I saw two people trying to cross the road and standing in the middle of the traffic island. I am horrified at the speed people drive along there”

Ends.

Release Dated: 31 August 2017

Event Listings (including feeder rides info):
https://www.facebook.com/events/https://www.facebook.com/events/113481649335294/??ti=ia

contact Nicola Branch 07710 827041

 

GENERAL ELECTION Tory Party HQ –  #10%by2020

PRESS RELEASE

GENERAL ELECTION

Tory Party HQ –  #10%by2020

Stop Killing Cyclists – Pollution / Bike Safety Protest Vigils/Die-Ins!

What:  Stop Killing Cyclists are staging a protest Vigil and Die-In outside the Tory Party Headquarters, demanding that they increase investment in clean-air protected cycling infrastructure to 10% of the transport budget by 2020.

Where:  Tory HQ, 4 Matthew Parker Street, Westminster SW1H
When: Friday 26th May Tory Party Protest Vigil/Die In from 5pm to 6.45pm.
Press spokesperson Donnachadh McCarthy:
Mobile 07947 884299
Protesters are asked to bring gas masks and candles. These will symbolise the thousands of UK children, whose lungs are being stunted from living on traffic polluted streets or attending polluted schools.
The protest will include a Die-In, where protesters will lie down on the road outside the Tory Party HQ, to represent the estimated 280,000 premature deaths of Britons from transport pollution and another estimated 158,000 premature deaths from inactivity diseases due to lack of protected cycle lanes since the Tory Party gained power in 2010.
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”.
He added: “There is now an urgent health crisis which is costing the NHS billions. It is now crucial that our national cycling infrastructure gets its fair share of national infrastructure investment.”
Co-organiser Dr Ruth-anna McQueen and cycling mother added:
“It is unacceptable in a supposedly free society that parents are afraid to allow their kids to cycle to school. It is even more unfair that our children’s lungs are being stunted from being in polluted schools. All political parties must now commit to invest the money needed to protect the public when cycling.”
Clean air, cycling and walking are crucial to creating a healthy and sustainable UK. They are urgently needed to tackle the UK’s obesity, inactivity, transport pollution, health and climate emergencies.
Successive governments have lethally underfunded active travel and current spending plans would further reduce the cycling infrastructure budget to less than £1 per person in England.   This compares with the Dutch investment of about £24 per person per year.
The government must urgently commit to radically increasing the funding for cycling from the current less than 2%, to 10% by 2020.
This needs to then increase to 20% of the transport budget by 2025, according to the UN.
This would equate to about £1.3 billion per year by 2020 and about £3 billion by the UN deadline in 2025.
This is a modest amount when one compares it to the £27.5 billion being spent on just one new suburban commuter railway in London, but would protect people on roads all over the country and not just commuters in one part of London.
The protest welcomes pedestrians, parents, elderly, motorists, taxi/bus drivers, children, asthmatics etc., as pollution and inactivity diseases caused by lack of cycling infrastructure is causing ill-health to all sections of society.
End.

Notes to Editors:
A. Full list of protest demands:
1. Fair funding for cycling: * Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years. (Dutch £24 per person x 64 million (UK pop) x 2 to start catching up on 40 years of failure to invest).
* Invest 10% of Department for Transport Budget by 2020 in safer cycling/walking infrastructure.
2. Ban all non-zero emission private cars from cities on days where pollution levels are predicted to rise above EU safety levels.
3. Ban all diesel-powered vehicles in city-centres within 5 years.
4. Ban all fossil-fuel powered vehicles within city centres within 10 years.
5. Instigate a programme of regular car-free days in England’s major cities, along the model of Paris.
6. Stop the Killing of children – set up a national multi-billion-pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones with an end to dangerous polluting through-routes.
7. Stop the Killing of pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianizing/cyclisation of our city, borough and town centres, including the nation’s high-street – Oxford Street.
8. Allow city councils and TfL to limit the total number of private hire vehicles in their cities and promote the usage of zero emissions pedicabs with legal pedicab stands etc.
B. List of current Tory Government Actions worsening the horrific pollution death toll have included:
⦁ Increased taxes on cleaner cars

⦁ 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.
C.  Full 2016 Royal College of Physicians report on transport pollution death statistics and £20 billion cost to NHS (16% of total cost!) is here:

GENERAL ELECTION Labour Party HQ –  #10%by2020

PRESS RELEASE

GENERAL ELECTION

Labour Party HQ –  #10%by2020

Stop Killing Cyclists – Pollution / Bike Safety Protest Vigil/Die-Ins!

What:  Stop Killing Cyclists are staging a protest Vigil and Die-In outside the labour Party Headquarters, demanding that their general election manifesto commits to  increase investment in clean-air protected cycling infrastructure to 10% of the transport budget by 2020.

Where:  Labour Party HQ, 105 Victoria Street, Westminster SW1H
When: Friday 19th May from 5pm to 6.45pm .
Press spokesperson Donnachadh McCarthy:
Mobile 07947 884299
Protesters are asked to bring gas masks and candles.
These will symbolise the thousands of UK children, whose lungs are being stunted from living on traffic polluted streets, attending polluted schools or playing in polluted parks.
The protest will include a Die-In, where protesters will lie down on the road outside the Labour Party HQ, to represent the tens of premature deaths of Britons from transport pollution and from inactivity diseases due to lack of protected cycle lanes under the previous Labour government.
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”.
He added: “There is now an urgent health crisis which is costing the NHS billions. It is now crucial that our national cycling infrastructure gets its fair share of national infrastructure investment.”
Co-organiser Dr Ruth-anna McQueen and cycling mother added:
“It is unacceptable in a supposedly free society that parents are afraid to allow their kids to cycle to school. It is even more unfair that our children’s lungs are being stunted from being in polluted schools. All political parties must now commit to invest the money needed to protect the public when cycling.”
Clean air, cycling and walking are crucial to creating a healthy and sustainable UK. They are urgently needed to tackle the UK’s obesity, inactivity, transport pollution, health and climate emergencies.
Successive governments have lethally underfunded active travel and current spending plans would further reduce the central government cycling infrastructure budget to less than £1 per person in England.  This compares with the Dutch investment of about £24 per person per year.
The Labour Party must urgently commit to radically increasing the funding for cycling from the current less than 2%, to 10% by 2020.
This needs to then increase to 20% of the transport budget by 2025, according to the UN.
This would equate to about £1.3 billion per year by 2020 and about £3 billion by the UN deadline in 2025.
This is a modest amount when one compares it to the £27.5 billion being spent on just one new proposed suburban commuter railway in London, but would protect people on roads all over the country and not just commuters in one part of London.
The protest welcomes pedestrians, parents, elderly, motorists, taxi/bus drivers, children, asthmatics etc., as pollution and inactivity diseases caused by lack of cycling infrastructure is causing ill-health to all sections of society.
End.
Notes to Editors:
A. Full list of protest demands:
1. Fair funding for cycling: * Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years. (Dutch £24 per person x 64 million (UK pop) x 2 to start catching up on 40 years of failure to invest).
* Invest 10% of Department for Transport Budget by 2020 in safer cycling/walking infrastructure.
2. Ban all non-zero emission private cars from cities on days where pollution levels are predicted to rise above EU safety levels.
3. Ban all diesel-powered vehicles in city-centres within 5 years.
4. Ban all fossil-fuel powered vehicles within city centres within 10 years.
5. Instigate a programme of regular car-free days in England’s major cities, along the model of Paris.
6. Stop the Killing of children – set up a national multi-billion-pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones with an end to dangerous polluting through-routes.
7. Stop the Killing of pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianizing/cyclisation of our city, borough and town centres, including the nation’s high-street – Oxford Street.
8. Allow city councils and TfL to limit the total number of private hire vehicles in their cities and promote the usage of zero emissions pedicabs with legal pedicab stands etc.
B. List of current Tory Government Actions worsening the horrific pollution death toll have included:
⦁ Increased taxes on cleaner cars

⦁ 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.
C.  Full 2016 Royal College of Physicians report on transport pollution death statistics and £20 billion cost to NHS (16% of total cost!) is here:

HM Treasury: 10 by 2020 Stop Killing Cyclists Protest !!

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PRESS RELEASE

HM Treasury: 10 by 2020 Stop Killing Cyclists Protest !!
What: Stop Killing Cyclists are staging a protest and Die-In outside HM Treasury on Horseguards Parade, demanding that the Chancellor Philip Hammond increases investment in the UK’s national protected cycling infrastructure and walking to 10% of the transport budget by 2020.

Where: Protesters are meeting outside the National Gallery and marching to HM Treasury,1 Horseguards Parade, London, SW1A 2HQ for rally and Die-In.

When: Assembling at National Gallery from 1pm. Rally and Die-In at HM Treasury at 2pm.
Protest will feature children playing in gas masks in front of Hammond’s Treasury.

This will symbolise the thousands of UK children, whose lungs are being stunted from living on traffic polluted streets or attending polluted schools, as well as our signature Die-Ins representing the tens of thousands of people dying from transport pollution and inactivity diseases due to lack of protected cycle lanes.
Please bring gas or pollution masks.
Stop Killing Cyclists spokesperson Caspar Hughes 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”.

He added: “There is now an urgent health crisis which is costing the NHS billions. It is now crucial that our national cycling infrastructure gets its fair share of national infrastructure investment.” 

Cycling and walking are crucial to creating a healthy and sustainable UK. 

Successive governments have lethally underfunded active travel and current spending plans would further reduce the cycling budget to less than £1 per person in England. This compares with the Dutch investment of about £24 per person per year.

The government must urgently commit to radically increasing the funding for cycling and walking to 5% of the 2017 transport budget and to 10% by 2020. 

This funding needs to further increase to 20% of the transport budget – the UN’s recommended minimum for cycling and walking.

The protest welcomes pedestrians, parents, elderly, motorists, taxi/bus drivers, children, asthmatics etc., as pollution and inactivity diseases caused by lack of cycling infrastructure is causing ill-health to all sections of society.

End.

Press spokesperson Alex Raha: Mobile 07930-928751

Notes to Editors:

A. Full list of protest demands:

 
1. Fair funding for cycling: * Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years. (Dutch £24 per person x 64 million (UK pop) x 2 to start catching up on 40 years of failure to invest).
* Invest 10% of Department for Transport Budget by 2020 in safer cycling/walking infrastructure.

2. Ban all non-zero emission private cars from cities on days where pollution levels are predicted to rise above EU safety levels.

3. Ban all diesel-powered vehicles in city-centres within 5 years.

4. Ban all fossil-fuel powered vehicles within city centres within 10 years.

5. Instigate a programme of regular car-free days in England’s major cities, along the model of Paris.

6. Stop the Killing of children – set up a national multi-billion-pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones with an end to dangerous polluting through-routes.

7. Stop the Killing of pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianizing/cyclisation of our city, borough and town centres, including the nation’s high-street – Oxford Street.

8. Allow city councils and TfL to limit the total number of private hire vehicles in their cities and promote the usage of zero emissions pedicabs with legal pedicab stands etc.

 

B. List of Government Actions worsening the horrific pollution death toll have included:

 
Increased taxes on cleaner cars
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.

 
C. Full 2016 Royal College of Physicians report on transport pollution death statistics and £20 billion cost to NHS (16% of total cost!) is here:

 

https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution?token=EAp84pJk

We demand streets fit for purpose – where people can walk and cycle safely.

On the day that Stop Killing Cyclists (SKC) the cycling activist group were remembering Lucia Ciccioli, yet another person was killed whilst cycling by a lorry being driven on the streets of London. This time it was 21 year old Filippo Corsini, also from Italy, who was killed after he was hit and dragged 30 yards across a box junction in Knightsbridge just before 12.40pm on Monday 31st October. He was  cycling to a class at Regent’s University London where he was a student. This time, SKC will gather not where Filippo was killed but outside City Hall, the office of the Mayor of London. We will gather from 5pm on Monday 7th November and from 6pm there will be speakers and then what is known as a Die – In where people will lie down to remember Mr Corsini and think of other people killed in London as a result of HGVs being driven on our streets.
This is the 8th person to be killed whilst cycling on London’s streets and the third this year by an HGV driver. In addition, in 2016 alone, 13 people have been killed while walking or crossing the road in London by HGVs. We are calling upon Mayor Sadiq Khan to respond to these deaths and to make changes so that such deaths do not continue.
We have set the following demands for the Mayor.

1. Ban all 0,1 & 2 star-rated HGVs by 31 Dec 2017. Only allow 5 star beyond 2020.

2. Restart the program of cycling infrastructure started by the previous mayor and appoint a full time Walking and Cycling Commissioner.

3 Commit to spend £250 million of the next budget on active transport, working towards 10% of  Transport for London (TfL) budget for cycling and walking in the 2020 budget.

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 TfL 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 reporting scheme.

6 Trial an Idaho Stop Law that allows cyclists to treat red traffic lights as “stop and give way” indicators, with full right of way for pedestrians. We demand Sadiq Khan do more than simply “promise to consider” this.

Although SKC welcomes the move by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for plans to introduce a star rating system for HGVs coming into London in accordance with their safety measures (mirrors, cameras, warning systems), the date of 2020 to start to bring this in is far too slow. The family of Mr Corsini said that this date
was too late for Filippo and the other people killed by such lorries being allowed on our streets and that HGV companies must provide safer lorries.

TfL must truly recognise that cycling must be a priority for road design and transport planning if London is to become a safe place for everyone to cycle, not just the fit and the brave, but the pensioner, the child, the parent taking children to school, the ordinary person going about their daily business. As the Mayor himself said “we need more segregated cycle lanes”

Vigil Co-organiser Nicola Branch said:

“I am so sorry to have to announce another vigil. This time we are staging it outside City Hall so that Sadiq Khan can’t ignore us and the loud call that London’s streets must be safe for everyone. We need to remind him that in the lead up to the Mayoral election he said ‘I want London to be a byword for cycling’.  Actions are need, not words. We MUST expedite the proposed HGV star ratings scheme. “ Ends.

Notes for Journalists
Stop Killing Cyclists was set up after six cyclists were killed in London in November 2013, to carry out direct action in protest against traffic violence. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists laid down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London, and conduct vigils for to recognise the deaths of people on bicycles in London, calling for improved infrastructure for cyclists.  Event listing on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/689801577842081/ Our Demands are based on what was already being done by the previous Mayor Boris Johnson and call for 10% of transport budget to be spent on cycling by 2010.
For more information on Construction Logistic and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) see http://www.clocs.org.uk/ CIRAS is a confidential reporting system for Industry – http://www.ciras.org.uk/
The Idaho Law  – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idaho_stop Info about TfL’s Safer Trucks Programme can be found here  http://content.tfl.gov.uk/assessing-drect-vision-in-hgvs-technical.pdf Photos and information about previous vigils can be found on our website at www.stopkillingcyclists.org.  All photos on the website are available for media use, and representatives are available for interviews and media contact by emailing contact@StopKillingCyclists.org or  calling Nicola Branch on

07710827041

Press Release: HGV drivers responsible for 80% of female cycling fatalities.

SKC

Press Release

Date: 28th October, 2016

Press contact: Nicola Branch 07710827041

HGV drivers responsible for 80% of female cycling fatalities.

Just three weeks after remembering Sheila Karsberg, killed while crossing the road in Camden, Stop Killing Cyclists (SKC), the cycling activist group, will commemorate yet another person killed by a lorry, with a Vigil and Die-In. The person being remembered this time is 32 year old Lucia Ciccioli from Italy, who died when she was riding her bicycle and was was hit by a British Gypsum lorry as she cycled along Lavender Hill, Battersea around 8am on Monday 24th October. SKC will gather from 5.30pm on Monday 31st October, outside Lavender Hill Police station which was near to the spot where Lucia was killed one week previously. From 6pm there will be speakers and then what is known as a Die – In where people will lie down on the street where Lucia fell. Candles will be lit and a “ghost bike” will be placed a the scene. Figures show that since January 2009, 91 people (over 16years old) have been killed in Greater London while riding a bike. 35 of them have been women, of which 29 – 83% – have been killed by drives of HGVs. This is an absolutely horrific situation which must end. In addition, in 2016 alone, 13 people have been killed while walking or crossing the road in London by HGVs. We are extremely concerned that due to the poor visibility and size of the vehicle, the driver had dragged the bicycle belonging to Ms Ciccioli for 150 yards with out being aware whatsoever. In fact initial reports from the police were that the death was of a person crossing the road, as the bicycle was so far from Lucia that it was not realised that she had been cycling. What on earth are such vehicles doing on our roads? Although Stop Killing Cyclists welcomes the move by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for plans to introduce a star rating system for HGVs coming into London in accordance with their safety measures (mirrors, cameras, warning systems), the date of 2020 to start to bring this in is far too late. This move must be brought forward immediately. We cannot have any more deaths like those of Sheila Karsberg or Lucia Ciccioli. In addition, SKC are saying that Transport for London must truly recognise that cycling must be a priority for road design and transport planning if London is to become a safe place for everyone to cycle, not just the fit and the brave, but the pensioner, the child, the parent taking children to school, the ordinary person going about their daily business. Vigil Co-organiser Caspar Hughes said: “’Monday’s tragedy once again highlights the awful nature of allowing HGV’s with poor all round visibility on the streets. These needless deaths are avoidable if the haulage industry prioritised health and safety in public places. Stop Killing Cyclists will continue to demand that London and the UK’s streets are fit for purpose and safe for people by prioritising active transport “
Ends.
Notes for Journalists
Stop Killing Cyclists was set up after six cyclists were killed in London in November 2013, to carry out direct action in protest against traffic violence. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists laid down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London, and conduct vigils for to recognise the deaths of people on bicycles in London, calling for improved infrastructure for cyclists.
Event listing on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/events/1121391224645733/ Our Demands are as follows 1. Complete ban of poor visibility HGVs to be brought in by Sadiq Khan with immediate effect 2. Compulsory change to Zero Blind Spots cabs 3. Rush hour restrictions for all HGVs 4. British Gypsum and their subcontractors to subscribe to CIRAS* 5. HGV companies to organise route planning and route safety
*CIRAS is a confidential reporting system for Industry – http://www.ciras.org.uk/ Info about TfL’s Safer Trucks Programme can be found here http://content.tfl.gov.uk/assessing-drect-vision-in-hgvs-technical.pdf Photos and information about previous vigils can be found on our website at www.stopkillingcyclists.org. All photos on the website are available for media use, and representatives are available for interviews and media contact by emailing contact@StopKillingCyclists.org or calling Nicola Branch on 07710827041

Press Release: New London Mayor Khan Means Radical New Momentum for Safer Cycling in London!

SKC

Press Release

Date: 7th May, 2016

Press contact: Donnachadh McCarthy 07947 884299

New London Mayor Khan Means Radical New Momentum for Safer Cycling in London!

Mayor’s Promises included:

Doubling of current TfL cycling budget of £82 million.

Closing Oxford Street to Traffic

Triple the number of protected cycle lanes.

More protected junctions.

New Idaho Traffic Light Law will be strongly considered. *

New cyclist representation on TfL Board.

Mini-Holland programme to be extended to all Boroughs.

Expansion of 20mph zones.

Expansion of car-free areas across the city.

Partial closure of Parliament Square to traffic.

* Idaho Law allows cyclists to treat red traffic lights as a yield-right-of-way sign, with full right of way for pedestrians.

Stop Killing Cyclists co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said: ” We are encouraged that Sadiq Khan’s reply to our 10 by 2020 London Safer Cycling Challenge, means that the new Mayor is committed to building momentum on transforming London into a modern European safer-cycling city, even if not at the rate we believe is urgently needed. This will help London tackle its health emergency due to traffic pollution and inactivity diseases, with over 9,000 Londoners dying every year from traffic pollution and thousands more dying from inactivity diseases due to lack of protected cycling lanes.”

His commitment to doubling the funding for cycling will speed up the process of making London into a safer, healthier and more beautiful city, fit for humans aged from 8 to 80 to cycle, walk and do business in safety.”

Ruth Mayorcas, Stop Killing Cyclists co-organiser said:

“We also welcome the election of Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon and the Green Party’s Sian Berry and Caroline Russell, who are proven pro-cycling and pedestrian safety advocates. We know they will be energetic in ensuring Mayor Khan delivers on his safer cycling promises.”

 

Summary of Sadiq Khan’s Responses to each of our 10 by 2020 Challenges:

10% by 2020

The most important core demand was that 10% of the TfL budget must be allocated to cycling infrastructure by 2020. The current pathetic 1.7% of the budget being spent on cycling safety is an insult to the 12,000 Londoners dying every year from collisions, pollution and inactivity diseases. Khan promised us that he would increase resources spent on cycling significantly and told Chris Boardman in final stages of campaign that he would double current spending which is £82 million. This would mean Khan spending £164 million on safer cycling every year, which is a major step towards the £500 million Stop Killing Cyclists has called for to be spent every year by 2020.

Oxford Street Closure to Vehicular Traffic: Khan supported this.

Idaho Law – Allowing Cyclists to turn left at red traffic lights if no pedestrians crossing: Khan agreed to consider this. Mini-Hollands for All London Boroughs Khan supported more Mini-Hollands in the 32 London Boroughs, in addition to the existing three Mini-Holland boroughs. Ending HGV Blind Spots Khan supported retro-fitting of safety equipment in HGVs

More Protected Cycle Lanes

Khan supported more protected cycle lanes in London

20 MPH Zones Across London Khan supports a pan-London 20 mph zone

Minimum 500 Safer Junctions

Khan supported more junctions being refurbished to make them safer but did not commit to our full 500 target.

End Lethal Driver Time Incentives Khan did not reply to this challenge.

Vehicle Free Major London Squares / High Streets Khan supported making more of London car-free including Parliament Square.

Cyclist Representation on TfL Board Khan supported having a cycling representative on the TfL Board.

Including Cycling in TfL Name Khan did not support a change in name for TfL

Rush Hour Tipper Truck Ban Khan agreed to consider such a ban. Supporting Cargo Bikes for Short-distance Deliveries Khan did not reply to this challenge. Sadiq Khan’s Reply to Our Stop Killing Cyclists 10 by 2020 London Mayoral Safer Cycling Challenge in his own words:

“It is clear that far too many cyclists are dying on London’s roads at present and that urgent action needs to be taken to make getting around our city safer for those on two wheels. Tackling this issue isn’t simply a matter of policy, it’s a matter of life and death and so I applaud the work being done by the campaigners behind this initiative. It is crucially important that we all, cyclists, campaigners and politicians alike, continue to raise the profile of this issue and work together to devise practical solutions to some of the dangers being posed to London’s cyclists. Along with tackling our city’s polluted air and encouraging more Londoners to take up cycling as a healthy alternative to driving, making the capital’s roads safer is one of my top priorities.

To that end, I am happy to pledge a significant increase in investment for cycling infrastructure, as well as promise to look carefully at taking tipper trucks and HGV’s off London’s roads during rush hour. In order to keep large lorries off the roads during the day time, rules restricting deliveries at night may need to be relaxed so as Mayor I would enter into discussions with local authorities to identify where this might be possible. I will also examine the case for equipping all TfL vehicles with blind-spot safety equipment and support a Mini-Holland Programme for all London Boroughs within my first term.

I am committed to continuing the investment in the Cycle Superhighways programme and upgrading existing segregated cycle ways to a higher standard. I also want to roll out more 20mph zones in residential areas, having long campaigned for their introduction in my own constituency of Tooting. Moreover, I would be strongly in favour of adopting a variant of the Idaho Law and I have pledged to revise the list of junctions in need of immediate attention, prioritising improving those where the most deaths and accidents have occurred. Doing this is absolutely essential because Londoners must be able to move around their city with confidence and as safely and efficiently as possible. That is why I have also committed to pedestrianising Oxford Street and expanding the number of car-free areas across the city. I would also be happy to appoint a representative, nominated by cycling groups, to the board of TfL to ensure that the views and experiences of cyclists are heard at the highest levels within City Hall and acted upon. Furthermore, I will use planning laws to deliver more cycle storage provision in new office and housing developments and I will work with the boroughs to deliver more secure on-street cycle parking in residential areas.”

 

 

 

 

Editors Notes on the “10 by 2020” Mayoral Cycling Safety Challenge

 

1) 10% BY 2020 Will you commit to investing 10% of TfL budget (about £600 million in today’s terms) on cycling infrastructure by 2020, building up each year from current minuscule 1.4%?

The Dutch spend £24 per person per year on cycling infrastructure.

TfL currently spend approximately £82 million per year, which equates to £9.90 per person. The ten year cycling plan announced a budget of £913 million, which due to London’s rapidly increasing population means that spending per person will basically remain frozen.

If we spent at Dutch levels per person, the expenditure would be £200 million but the Dutch already have been investing in a safety infrastructure since the 1970s.

Thus to deliver Dutch standards across the TfL and Borough networks, investment needs to be at least triple their current budget or 10% of TfL budget.

To understand how derisory the current annual capital expenditure on cycling is, it should be compared to the £500 million Bank Tube station refurbishment, the equivalent of 0.5% of the £16,000 million single CrossRail project cost or 0.25% of the £30 billion cost of the 22 mile proposed daft new single 22 mile ring-road.

  1. END HGV/BUS BLIND SPOT Will you require full blind-spot safety equipment (Left Hand Side CCTV and alarms) to be installed in all existing and new HGVs, buses, coaches and Tipper Trucks entering London?

Seven out of the eight people killed on bicycles in 2015 in London, were killed by Tipper Trucks and HGVs. 9 out of 14 were killed in 2014. A positive first step in making these trucks safer is being introduced on September 1st, when all trucks entering London will have to have modern safety mirrors which reduce the size of the blind-spot. But this only takes us half-way. Trucks and buses should all have full complement of safety equipment, to reduce these awful cruel killings, whilst encouraging the speeding up the introduction of fully safety re-designed Tipper Trucks to reform the fleet.

  1. MINI-HOLLANDS FOR ALL Will you fund a Mini-Holland Programme for all London Boroughs within your first term?

There is a Mini-Holland scheme running currently in only four Boroughs. Most Londoners do not realise that 94% of London’s roads are managed by the thirty-two London Boroughs.

Research by Stop Killing Cyclists in 2014 revealed that: 13 London Boroughs have ZERO segregated cycle-lanes

24 London Boroughs installed ZERO cycle lanes since the previous London

elections in 2010.

Only 3 boroughs installed any segregated cycle lanes since the last election.

(Ealing (£400,000), Camden (£320,000), Waltham Forest (£400,000).

The sum total spent by all boroughs over previous 4 years on segregated

cycle lanes was a tiny £0.795 million. This equated to a miniscule £7,000 per

borough per year since last election.

It is crucial therefore that the next London Mayor facilitates a step change in safer cycling infrastructure investment at Borough level, if we are to bring London up to Go Dutch standards as quickly as possible to save countless lives from inactivity diseases, pollution and collision killings by funding a Mini-Holland programme for all 32 Boroughs, rather than the token programme of 4 at the moment.

Many key Borough decision makers are stuck in lethal 1950’s motorised transport thinking. Southwark’s current Head of Transport Simon Bevan, in 2012 publicly and in policy terms opposed segregated cycle lanes and called for the use of cyclists to slow traffic instead! Westminster’s Head of Transport Martin Low is opposing safer segregated major junctions like Lambeth Bridge. The City of London, Hackney and Westminster Councils have opposed segregated cycle-lanes.

TfL needs to call for an urgent cycling summit between all the Heads of Borough Transport Departments and the cycling bodies.

  1. PHYSICALLY PROTECTED CYCLE-LANES

Will you support a comprehensive grid of Go-Dutch standard physically protected cycle-routes across the TfL road network to enable people of all ages and abilities to cycle safely?

The Dutch have adopted five principles of “sustainable safety” which are designed to prevent crashes, or at the very least, prevent serious injury in those that do occur. This proactive approach takes into account the physical vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as the cognitive capabilities and limitations that so often contribute toward crashes (SWOV, 2012). While some principles are already incorporated into UK road design, such as the predictability of road design, other principles are not currently accommodated for. Thus, adopting these principles could be an important step in making cycling (and walking) safer and more appealing, thereby increasing their modal share. Table 1, reproduced from a SWOV factsheet, lists the five principles of “sustainable safety”; more information on the subject can be obtained by reading the relevant document in the reference list.

Sustainable Safety Principle Description
Functionality of roads Mono-functionality of roads as either through-roads, distributor roads, or access roads in a hierarchically structured road network
Homogeneity of mass and/or speed and direction Equality of speed, direction, and mass at moderate and high speeds
Predictability of road course and road user behaviour by a recognizable road design Road environment and road user behaviour that support road user expectations through consistency and continuity of road design
Forgivingness of the environment and of road users Injury limitation through a forgiving road environment and anticipation of road user behaviour
State awareness by the road user Ability to assess one’s capacity to handle the driving task

Table 1. The five principles of sustainable safety

We need a FULL, integrated, safely designed, segregated cycle network on TfL’s roads in London within 5 years.

A segregated cycle network alongside major or busy roads, combined with filtered permeability (Quiet Ways) on minor roads, would go a long way in increasing cycle accessibility to those currently excluded in London. It would increase both actual and perceived safety, thus eliminating one of the biggest barriers to cycling in London. This network should be integrated with public transport, and provide ample cycle parking, a combination that Pucher, Dill, and Handy (2010) say is key to ensuring the success of city cycling.

The most useful measure of all would be the implementation of Dutch quality segregated cycle paths, along with separate or advance staging for cycle traffic on these paths. While separate bicycle stage signals will require time at junctions with high saturation flows, increased cycle mode share and reduced car use would compensate for this over time.

Perceived safety is very important in getting people onto bikes. Perceived risk associated with cycling on busy roads was one of the main reasons given in the UK for not using one’s bike more often (Pooley et al., 2011). Furthermore, it is exactly the groups mentioned – children, the elderly, as well as women – who are most risk averse, and this risk aversion is likely the main reason for the under-representation of these groups cycling in London (Steinbach et al., 2011; Garrard, Rose, and Lo, 2008).

 

5) All London streets to be 20mph Will you support a 20mph speed limit across London (excluding motorways)?

TfL should immediately introduce 20 mph speed limit for its road network and for all its contracted buses on all Borough road networks.

It should also work with the 32 Boroughs to introduce a consistent 20mph speed limit across London asap. Pedestrians and cyclists have a significantly higher chance of escaping being killed or seriously injured if hit by a vehicle travelling at 20mph rather than 30mph. The most recent analysis of the role of vehicle speed in pedestrian fatalities in Great Britain, found that 85% of pedestrians killed when struck by cars or car-derived vans, died in collision that occurred at impact speeds below 40mph, 45% at less than 30 mph and 5% at speeds below 20 mph. A review of accident data in seventy-two 20 mph zones found that average mean speeds were reduced by 9 mph, from 25 mph to 16 mph in the zones. On average, for every 1 mph speed reduction, there was a 6.2% accident reduction.

All road accidents in the zones fell by 61%, and there was no evidence of accident migration onto surrounding roads. Traffic flows in the zones reduced by 27%. The effects were particularly significant for the most vulnerable road users:

All pedestrian accidents down by 63%

All cyclist accidents down by 29%

Motorcyclist accidents down by 73%

Child accidents down by 67%

Child pedestrian accidents down by 70%

Child cyclist accidents down by 48%

A Transport for London review of over one hundred 20 mph zones in London also found that they were very effective in reducing road injuries to children. In the zones, speeds were reduced by 9 mph and traffic flows by about 15%. Road casualties in the zones were reduced by 45% and fatal or seriously injured casualties by 57%.

Again, significant protection was provided to the most vulnerable road users:

Pedestrian casualties down by 40%, and pedestrians killed or seriously injured (KSI) down by 50%

Child pedestrian casualties down by 48% and child pedestrians KSI down by 61%

Cyclist casualties down by 33% and cyclist KSI down by 50%

Child cyclist casualties down by 59% and child cyclists KSI down by 60%

Car occupant casualties down by 57% car occupant KSI down by 77%

Child car occupant casualties down by 51% child KSI down by 47%

 

TfL also needs to lobby ACPO for enforcement of 20 mph speed limits. This is because a shocking 48% of drivers regularly exceed legal speed limits. Recent research revealed that there are three classifications of drivers:

Compliant drivers who usually observe speed limits (52% of drivers)

Moderate speeders who occasionally exceed speed limits (33% of drivers)

Excessive speeders who routinely exceed speed limits (14% of drivers)

However, even the moderate speeders exceed 30 mph limits fairly regularly. Excessive speeders normally ignore the 30 mph limit, and often by a wide margin. This shows the need for the Mayor to instruct the Metropolitan Police to increase their speed enforcement levels.

 

 

6) SAFER LEFT HAND TURNS:

EMERGENCY LEFT-HAND TURN PROGRAMME + IDAHO LAW Will you support the introduction of the Idaho law, allowing cyclists to turn left when traffic is free at junctions, with full legal priority for pedestrians and support an emergency programme of installing safe protected left-hand turns, improving at a minimum the 500 most dangerous junctions, that were originally promised to be reviewed by Boris Johnson by the end of your first term? (NB Boris Johnson originally promised to review 500 junctions but these were subsequently cut to a tiny 33!)

 

The Idaho law would allow cyclists to turn left when traffic is free at junctions, with full legal priority for pedestrians. An emergency programme of installing safe protected left-hand turns is needed, at a minimum of the 500 junctions that were originally promised to be reviewed by Boris Johnson by the end of next mayor’s first term.

This would increase safety for cyclists by allowing filtered left-hand-turns (i.e. changing the junctions to “Yield Right of Way” designation for cyclists, to become standard design at junctions, with top priority for pedestrians

All dangerous junctions need to be redesigned to Dutch standards as soon as possible.

The current Mayor promised to address the 500 most dangerous junctions, then reduced this to 50 and then to 33, of which only a handful actually have started being made safer. This means that there are literally thousands of dangerous junctions in London putting people cycling at risk of being crushed horribly by HGV trucks, as they turn left.

For signalised junctions, this includes the provision of separate signals for bicycles (on the same stage as pedestrians if in parallel), kerb protected left-hand-turns as well as the provision of segregated paths on busy roads that allow the safe bypassing of T-junctions and allowing left-on-red without ever interacting with other vehicles, thus reducing travel times as an added benefit.

Left hand turns would also be safer if the mayor required Compulsory Cycle Awareness training for all truck/bus companies operating in London

This will ensure raised awareness of bicycles and their vulnerability to drivers of HGVs and buses, especially during the interim period while better infrastructure is being constructed.

  1. 7. END LETHAL TIME PRESSURES ON BUSES/TIPPER TRUCKS Will you end the lethal paid-by-timed delivery regimes for HGVs in the construction industry and end dangerous system of paying for bus performance via contracted Excess Waiting Time Targets?” Contracts based on strict adherence to strictly-measured (usually time-based) performance regimes are common to the construction industry and TfL Bus Contracts. These contracts provide incentives for operators to deliver a specific number of loads or, in the case of TfL buses, maintain a predictable pattern of arrivals at bus stops within a certain time period.

While this type of performance contracting is suitable for the rail industry (where the right-of-way is guaranteed, the transport path is generally unshared and outside interactions are both monitored and regulated) they are completely unsuitable for any commercial user that is compelled to share the road with others. TfL Bus Drivers have identified the Excess Time Indicator (EWT) Target as a particularly onerous contract term that places overwhelming pressure on Bus Drivers to take risks and divert driver attention to make “Headway” (i.e., to ensure the bus is evenly spaced between the bus before and after it so as to avoid heavy contract penalties). At present EWT Targets are the only bus-related Key Performance Indicator (KPI) reflected in both TfL Bus Contracts and the Performance-related bonuses paid annually to TfL Managers. That both TfL Subcontractors and TfL Managers should benefit from a Contract Performance Measure that TfL Bus Drivers have identified as danger-causing is not only a conflict of interest, but it calls into question the integrity of TfL’s approach to Bus Safety.

8) SQUARES AND STREETS FIT FOR HUMANS

Will you support a programme of making our beautiful major squares and shopping streets fit for humans, by closing them to motorised transport, including: Oxford Street, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly, Parliament Square, Bank Junction, etc ?

Above all, cities should be places fit for humans. Therefore, for a city to be healthy in all respects, it must focus on the wellbeing of people. Making streets safe and friendly for pedestrians and cyclists is good for business and tourism and helps promote an atmosphere of socialising and easy mobility rather than one of fear and negative emotions where people do not want to spend time (Mehta, 2013).

Oxford Street is Europe’s ‘busiest shopping street’ (Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2010), yet is also the most dangerous in the London in terms of collisions (35 times higher than the average London Street according to the GLA’s “Streets Ahead” Report) resulting in, since April 2010, an average of over four vehicle-pedestrian reported collisions per month, around two of which involve buses, and a pedestrian is seriously injured about every month-and-a-half.

Since April 2010, buses have been involved in sixty percent of the collisions resulting serious injury on Oxford Street.

Other cities around the world, from New York to Paris, have been converting busy pedestrian/traffic areas into pedestrian-only zones; for example, Times Square has already been partially pedestrianised, with further improvements being started (CBS, 2013). This pedestrianising of the area has already proved hugely popular, with increased store sales being reported (New York Times).

Where provision for traffic and space for safe walking and cycling are in conflict, TfL must change its current lethal policy to one of prioritising vulnerable road users

 

  1. TWO TfL BOARD PLACES FOR CYCLISTS Will you appoint two cycling representatives to the TfL Board, nominated by cycling groups and change its name to the London Cycling, Walking and Transport Authority?

The current TfL Board composition is not fit for purpose.

The active participation of cycling and pedestrian organisation representatives in TfL board meetings would help ensure that cycling/pedestrian issues become a priority in decision-making.  More informed decisions will be possible with regards to projects ranging from train station upgrades through to roadwork management, keeping cycle provision in mind at all stages.

Pedestrians likewise deserve representation.

Our 2014 analysis of the current TfL board composition revealed:

5 bankers/big business, 2 taxi reps, 2 aviation industry, 1 HGV, 3 Conservative Politicians, 1 trade unionist and 1 disabled person. We need cyclist board members in order to press for the ending of TfL’s disastrous policy of prioritising smooth flow and speed of traffic and instead adopt policy of placing safety of vulnerable road users – cyclists, pedestrians and children at the top of the Mayor’s transport hierarchy.

Given the huge benefits of walking and cycling in terms of reducing obesity, lessening air pollution, improving mental health, increasing social equality, reducing congestion, and even improving sales for local businesses that lie along cycle routes, the idea of continuing a traffic-engineering based approach that focuses solely on maximising hourly PCUs through an intersection, and reducing travel time for motorists, is akin to trying to put out a fire with petrol.

Priorities must be stated, and goals must be set – a transport department in a city that has its priorities focussed on the movement of motor traffic, rather than the movement of people, is one that is in dereliction of duty in adequately performing its role. The focus of enabling mobility in a city must be on active and public transport. While the latter has been achieved well in London, the former is sorely lacking.

  1. TIPPER TRUCK BAN Will you ban tipper trucks at rush hour and introduce a scheme whereby electric delivery trucks to bring in goods from HGVs parked in outer London, into central London and promote cargo bikes for last mile deliveries

Seven out of the eight terrible cyclist killings so far in 2015 have been by HGV and tipper trucks. Tipper trucks due to the high-danger they present to cyclists should be banned at rush hour and the Mayor should introduce a scheme whereby electric delivery trucks to bring in goods from HGVs parked in outer London, into central London and promote cargo bikes for last mile deliveries

Stop Killing Cyclists want a ban on any vehicles whose drivers cannot see adjacent road-users. Children, pensioners and inexperienced adults should not be forced to share space with HGVs.

There are two very good reasons for this, as well as some proven steps to prevent such interaction from occurring. The main concern is that the sharing of road space between HGVs, buses, and cyclists results in negative impacts upon both actual and perceived safety. The London rate of cycle deaths (2.2 deaths per 100 million km cycled) greatly exceeds that of the national rate in the Netherlands (1.1 deaths per 100 million km) or Germany (1.6 deaths per 100 million km) (Department of Transport UK, Buehler and Pucher, 2012).

London has the highest KSI rates (70/100 million km cycled) in the country for cyclists, with it being 35% higher than the South-West. (UK Department of Transport).

HGVs and Buses are also responsible for 25 percent of serious injuries to cyclists in London each year (RoSPA 2013).

The use of side detection technologies (cameras, radar) in the blind spot of large vehicles must become compulsory.  We need also to reduce unnecessary transport e.g. returning waste transport to barges. It is crucial to crack down on the shocking levels of trucks being driven illegally or in an illegally dangerous condition on London’s streets. A recent Metropolitan Police action found over 70% of trucks stopped to be breaking the safety laws. The estimated total figure is about 30%. This urgently needs to be prioritised with a target of 99% found to be compliant with existing safety laws.

 

References

Buehler, R. and Pucher, J., 2012. International Overview: Cycling Trends in Western Europe, North America, and Australia. In: Pucher, J. and Buhler, R. eds., 2012. City Cycling. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

CBS, 2013. Bloomberg Unveils Redesign Of Times Square Pedestrian Plaza. [online] 23 December.

CROW, 2007. Design manual for bicycle traffic. Ede, The Netherlands: CROW.

Garrard, J., Rose, G. and Lo, S.K., 2008. Promoting transportation cycling for women: The role of bicycle infrastructure. Preventative Medicine, (46) pp. 55-59.

Greater London Authority (GLA), 2011. The Future of Road Congestion in London. [pdf]

Mehta, V., 2013. The Street. New York, NY: Routledge.

Miller, 2010. Report on estimation of mortality impacts of particulate air pollution in London. [pdf] Institute of Occupational Medicine.

 

Pooley, C. et al, 2011. Understanding walking and cycling: summary of key findings and recommendations, [online]

Pucher, J., Dill, J. and Handy, S., 2010. Infrastructure, programs, and policies to increase bicycling: An international review. Preventative Medicine, (50) pp. S106-S125.

Steinbach, R., Green, J., Datta, J. and Edwards, P., 2011. Cycling and the city: A case study of how gendered, ethnic, and class identities can shape healthy transport choices. Social Science & Medicine, (72) pp. 1123-1130.

SWOV, 2012.  SWOV Fact sheet – Background of the five Sustainable Safety principles. [pdf]

Speed/Fatality Graph:  http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/pssp/background/psafety.cfm

Walker, P., 2013. London: no city for cyclists. Guardian.co.uk Bike blog, [blog] 3 December.

 

— Contributions by David Hicks, Tom Kearney, Donnachadh McCarthy and Will Nickells.

 

Full Actual Replies by Candidate to the 10 by 2020 Challenge:

 

Sadiq Khan (Labour) It is clear that far too many cyclists are dying on London’s roads at present and that urgent action needs to be taken to make getting around our city safer for those on two wheels. Tackling this issue isn’t simply a matter of policy, it’s a matter of life and death and so I applaud the work being done by the campaigners behind this initiative. It is crucially important that we all, cyclists, campaigners and politicians alike, continue to raise the profile of this issue and work together to devise practical solutions to some of the dangers being posed to London’s cyclists. Along with tackling our city’s polluted air and encouraging more Londoners to take up cycling as a healthy alternative to driving, making the capital’s roads safer is one of my top priorities.

To that end, I am happy to pledge a significant increase in investment for cycling infrastructure, as well as promise to look carefully at taking tipper trucks and HGV’s off London’s roads during rush hour. In order to keep large lorries off the roads during the day time, rules restricting deliveries at night may need to be relaxed so as Mayor I would enter into discussions with local authorities to identify where this might be possible. I will also examine the case for equipping all TfL vehicles with blind-spot safety equipment and support a Mini-Holland Programme for all London Boroughs within my first term.

I am committed to continuing the investment in the Cycle Superhighways programme and upgrading existing segregated cycle ways to a higher standard. I also want to roll out more 20mph zones in residential areas, having long campaigned for their introduction in my own constituency of Tooting. Moreover, I would be strongly in favour of adopting a variant of the Idaho Law and I have pledged to revise the list of junctions in need of immediate attention, prioritising improving those where the most deaths and accidents have occurred. Doing this is absolutely essential because Londoners must be able to move around their city with confidence and as safely and efficiently as possible. That is why I have also committed to pedestrianising Oxford Street and expanding the number of car-free areas across the city. I would also be happy to appoint a representative, nominated by cycling groups, to the board of TfL to ensure that the views and experiences of cyclists are heard at the highest levels within City Hall and acted upon. Furthermore, I will use planning laws to deliver more cycle storage provision in new office and housing developments and I will work with the boroughs to deliver more secure on-street cycle parking in residential areas.

POLLUTION-MASK PROTEST AND DIE-IN AT DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT – Wednesday, April 27th 5pm to 6.30pm

PRESS RELEASE

SKC

POLLUTION-MASK PROTEST AND DIE-IN AT DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT

HORSEFERRY ROAD TO BE BLOCKED WITH TRANSPORT POLLUTION PROTESTERS, BIKES, TEDDY BEARS AND DOLLS WITH POLLUTION MASKS.

TOMBSTONE MARKING 240,000 DEAD FROM POLLUTION, SINCE TORY GOVERNMENT TOOK POWER IN 2010, TO BE PLACED IN FRONT OF MINISTER’S HQ

When: Wednesday, April 27th 5pm to 6.30pm

Where: Department for Transport HQ, Horseferry Road, London, SW1

What:

Stop Killing Cyclists are staging a Pollution-masked protest and Die-In outside the Department for Transport’s HQ, protesting against the UK’s horrific pollution death toll of 40,000 people every year, the enormous £20 billion annual cost to NHS and the government actions worsening the crisis.
The protest demands from government include:

1/ Banning private cars when pollution levels exceed EU safety levels.
2/ Investment of £15 billion in national cycling and walking infrastructure, over next 5 years.

3/ Banning diesel vehicles from city centres within 5 years and all fossil fuel vehicles within 10 years.

The protest welcomes pedestrians, parents, elderly, motorists, taxi/bus drivers, children, asthmatics etc., as pollution is poisoning all sections of society.

Stop Killing Cyclists Co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said: “Enough is enough. It is time for the government to stop doing the lethally polluting motor industry lobbyists dictates and to instead tackle the horrifically dangerous levels of transport pollution on Britain’s roads now.”

He added: “It is totally unacceptable that millions of children are being raised by roads that are causing epidemic levels of asthma and stunting children’s lungs for life.

We need an immediate massive programme of cycle-route building and the elimination of lethal fossil-fuel vehicles from our streets.” End.

Press contact: Donnachadh McCarthy 07947 884299
Event Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1124784950872843/

Notes to editors:

1. Stop Killing Cyclists is the grassroots campaign set up after horrific killing of 6 cyclists within a month in November 2013.

2. Programme:
5pm:
Starts with installation of Tombstone. Saxophone player plays pollution protest music.
5.30pm: Rally with speakers including mother with asthmatic child and Medical Professor from UCL.
6pm-6.15pm.
Pollution masked protesters lie on the road with masked teddy-bears and dolls representing the kids suffering stunted lungs and asthma.
6.15 pm:
Final speaker.
6.30pm:
End.

3. Full list of protest demands:

1. Fair funding for cycling: * Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years. (Dutch £24 per person x 64 million (UK pop) x 2 to start catching up on 40 years of failure to invest).
* Invest 10% of TfL Budget by 2020 in safer cycling infrastructure and a similar investment in all major English cities.

2. Ban all non-zero emission private cars from cities on days where pollution levels are predicted to rise above EU safety levels.

3. Ban all diesel powered vehicles in city centres within 5 years.

4. Ban all fossil-fuel powered vehicles within city centres within 10 years.

5. Instigate a programme of regular car-free days in England’s major cities, along the model of Paris.

6. Stop the Killing of children set up a national multi-billion-pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones with an end to dangerous polluting through-routes.

7. Stop the Killing of pedestrians establish a national programme to fund pedestrianizing/cyclisation of our city, borough and town centres, including the nation’s high-street Oxford Street.

8. Allow city councils and TfL to limit the total number of private hire vehicles in their cities and promote the usage of zero emissions pedicabs with legal pedicab stands etc.

4. List of Government Actions worsening the horrific pollution death toll have included:

Increased taxes on cleaner carsReduced 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.


5. Full 2016 Royal College of Physicians report on transport pollution death statistics and £20 billion cost to NHS (16% of total cost!) is here:
https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution?token=EAp84pJk

Press Release: Call to Create Central London Network of Legal Pedicab Stands. To Save Londoner’s Lives We Need Promotion NOT Persecution for London’s Pedicabs

SKC

Press Release

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2016

Press contact: Donnachadh McCarthy 07947 884299

Call to Create Central London Network of Legal Pedicab Stands. To Save Londoner’s Lives We Need Promotion NOT Persecution for London’s Pedicabs

Stop Killing Cyclists are today calling on the Mayor of London and all the Mayoral candidates to create a central London network of zero-emission Pedicab stands. In response to recently announced proposals from the Mayor of London, supported by the London Taxi Drivers Association, to crack down on London’s small Pedicab services, Stop Killing Cyclists members have unanimously endorsed a call for the Mayor to stop this unjustified persecution of London’s Pedicabs and to instead promote these zero-emission cabs. Stop Killing Cyclists cofounder Donnachadh McCarthy said: “With 9,500 Londoners killed last year by fossil-fuel transport pollution and with up to 2,000 of these deaths caused by diesel-powered cabs, the Mayor should be supporting these pedicabs whose zero emissions are saving Londoners lives in central London.

He added “We also note that unlike buses, HGVs and cabs, there has not been a single fatality from a pedicab in London over the last fifteen years.”

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Editor’s notes: 1. There are only about 650 pedicabs operating in London, down from about 1,000 in 2010 due to constant harassment by the Mayor and Metropolitan Police.

  1. In contrast, there has been an uncontrolled explosion in the number of London’s vehicular taxis to over 100,000, with more than one in ten vehicles now entering the congestion charge zone being polluting taxis. This is largely due to the unregulated arrival of Uber.
  2. By being zero emissions pedicabs are actually saving lives when used as an alternative by customers to fossil-fuel powered cabs.
  3. Stop Killing Cyclists support light-touch low-cost pedicab regulation to ensure numbered vehicles can easily be identified, so that any customer grievances can be easily tackled.
  4. Stop Killing Cyclists call for the creation of legal pedicab stands across central London and at train stations.
  5. Finally, we want the Mayor to draw up an official London Pedicab Support Policy in conjunction with representatives of the Pedicab cyclists.
  6. The industry in London is represented by the London Pedicab Operators Association (LPOA).

 

  1. Whilst police surveys show over 30% of trucks in London are being driven in an illegal manner and almost every cyclist killing has been by a truck, the Metropolitan Police have targeted their efforts on the positive pedicabs, with the LPOA reporting a truly shockingly discriminatory 350 arrests in 2013/14 for stopping by the pavement and other minor-misdemeanours, which only black-cabs are allowed to do. That is a rate equivalent of nearly 50% of all pedicab drivers. Not a single arrest resulted in a successful prosecution, thus resulting in a terrible waste of public resources cracking down on the life-savers.