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.
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
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 “
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
Monday 10th October – Stop The Killing Pratt Street Action.
Following the death of 79 year old Sheila Karsberg at the Notorious Junction of Pratt Street and Camden High Street, the Stop Killing Cyclists Organising Group have decided to hold an action at this junction on Monday 10th October.
Gathering from 17.30 speeches from 18.30 followed by Die in.
3. Sadiq Khan
4. CEMEX / HGV operators…
1. Complete ban of poor visibility HGV’s
2. Compulsory change to zero Blind Spots cabs
3. Rush hour restrictions for all HGV’s
4. Camden Council require any company operating in Camden to subscribe to CIRAS
5. CEMEX and their subcontractors to subscribe to CIRAS
6. Camden to change the design of dangerous junctions
7. HGV companies to organise route planning and route safety
8. Camden to install the road safety improvements that are currently out for consultation
We are asking people to bring teddy bears in memory of Sheila who used to carry one.
About 200 people laid down beside their bicycles on Bethune Road at Amhurst Park in Hackney last evening as part of a vigil in remembrance of Stephanie Turner, 29, who was killed there last Tuesday. She was the first person on a bicycle killed in 2015 in London, and the 13th in the UK.
Photos and media coverage, plus background information, are here: COVERAGE OF VIGIL AND DIE-IN ON BETHUNE ROAD, HACKNEY
A message from Donnachadh McCarthy…
Wow! It’s Today!! One of the biggest days of my life to date!! Gulp!!!
The first ever National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence, which I have helped organise, will start today in Bedford Square, assembling from noon for a 1pm start.
A lone piper will lead a horse drawn hearse with a single coffin.
They will be followed by over a thousand protesters, including survivors, victims’ families and a range of grassroots protesters, including pedestrian, cycling, equestrian, motorist, ecological, pensioner, children, health and climate change campaigners.
It will proceed down a packed Oxford Street, the nation’s premier shopping street, on one of the busiest shopping days in the year!
The lone coffin will be a stark reminder to those tens of thousands of shoppers of all those who have been killed or maimed or poisoned by the capital’s most dangerous and the world’s most polluted high-street. It must be pedestrianised.
The funeral protest will then proceed to Marble Arch – where in a unique and dramatic tableau, the lone coffin will be placed on a catafalque under the arch and a staged Die-In will take place. The plaza will be filled with people lying down on the ground surrounding the lone coffin.
They/we will be representing the following Pyramid of Death from Traffic Violence over the last decade (2003-12):
UK Cyclists Killed: 1,233 (DoT)
UK Pedestrians Killed: 5,787 (DoT)
UK Motorists Killed: 19,293 (DoT)
UK Patients Killed by Transport Pollution 50,000 (NHS)
UK residents killed through physical inactivity
due to lack of cycling infrastructure (estimated): 400,000 (Prof. Garthwaite, UCL)
Ten Year Total Killings 476,313
This is the equivalent of the population of Manchester!
Globally Killed due to Climate Crisis Emissions including traffic emissions 4,000,000 (UN) (ten years)
Total Cyclists killed seriously injured or injured 198,000
Total Pedestrians killed, seriously injured or injured 298,300
Total Motorists killed, seriously injured or injured 1,913,502
Total killed, seriously injured or injured on UK Roads 2,409,802
This is the equivalent of the entire populations being injured or killed of Birmingham (1.1 million), Glasgow (0.6), Cardiff (0.3) and Manchester (0.5) combined!
The coffin will also represent hundreds of thousands more living with terrible cancer, heart disease, lung diseases, diabetes and all the other terrible disabilities resulting from our lethal traffic culture.
And then we will have a rally hearing from these grassroots protesters, survivors, and victims’ families.
But we are not there just to pay respect to the dead, the maimed and those living with terrible diseases, we will be there to make our 10 Demands on our governments of all parties, who have so far failed to protect our lives and our health by adopting a policy of UK streets fit for humans.
Our 10 Demands are:
1. Stop the Killing of Children – set up national multi-billion pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones to abolish dangerous rat-runs.
2. Stop the Killing of Pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianisation of our city and town centres, including the nation’s high-street – Oxford Street.
3. Stop the Killing of Pensioners from excessive speed. Introduce and enforce speed limit of 20 mph on all urban roads, 40 mph on rural roads/lanes and 60 mph on all other trunk roads.
4. Stop the Killing of Cyclists. Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years.
5. Stop the Killing without liability – introduce a presumed civil liability law on behalf of vehicular traffic when they kill or seriously injure vulnerable road-users, where there is no evidence blaming the victim.
6. Stop the Killing by HGVs. Ban trucks with blind spots by making safety equipment mandatory and strictly enforce current truck-safety regulations, to reduce levels of illegally dangerous trucks down from estimated 30% to less than 1%.
7. Stop the Killing from Lung, Heart and other Diseases caused by vehicular pollutants. Make it mandatory for particulate filters that meet latest EU emission standards to be fitted to all existing buses, lorries and taxis.
8. Stop the Killing at Junctions. Introduce pedestrian crossing times long enough for elderly disabled to cross. Legalise filtered junction crossings by cyclists with strict legal priority for pedestrians and carry out urgent programme of physically protected left-hand turns for cyclists.
9. Stop the Killing from CO2 emissions from impacts of the climate crisis. All transport fuels to be from environmentally-sustainable renewable sources within 10 years.
10. Focus on Life! Transport governance must make safety and quality of life the top priority. Reform all council transport departments, the Department of Transport and Transport for London into Cycling, Walking and Transport Departments with formal pedestrian and cyclist representation.
Thanks to everybody who is coming today or who is helping in any way to make today happen.
Yes We Can! 😎
Donnachadh and all in the Stop The Killing Coalition and Stop Killing Cyclists Team x
The Never Ending Link pictured here, which is made up of 4 pieces of a bicycle chain, was created by George Holland of London as a way to remember his dad Rob Jefferies.
Sadly, Rob was run over and killed in 2012 whilst out for a cycle ride. George handed out a Never Ending Link as a broach to wear at Rob’s funeral.
I thought the Never Ending Link could be a good pin for raising awareness.
Donnachadh & Steve write…
STUDENTS !! Help Needed!!
As we build momentum for November’s mega protest – The National Funeral of the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence, we are looking for students unions across the country to endorse the event.
So if you are a student in any 3rd level college please download our sample endorsement letter and tweak it for your particular college and ask them to endorse the protest.
All an endorsment entails is that the students union has its name added to the list of endorsements on the event’s endorsement page and commit to encouraging their members to attend.
Any help people can give to get their colleges on board is really appreciated.
Donnachadh & Steve