The event was very well attend — thank you to all who came out and especially to those who stepped in at the last minute to ensure the event went ahead smoothly when organiser James Gower fell ill the evening before.
Soon after a few words about the gyratory, and the ride will be said.
At 6:10pm we will hold a two minute silence for Deep Lee, killed on the gyratory in 2011. There will be a floral tribute, so this can be laid during this time.
Straight after we will head out onto the gyratory; ride on this route until about 7pm or 7:30pm.
Thank you for the backing behind this. It is my first time organising anything like this, so here is hoping everything goes to plan!
James Gower, who is a member of Stop Killing Cyclists, is organising a Flashride Protest on Tuesday at Kings Cross.
The protest is because despite numerous submissions to the TfL proposals to re-configure the junction, it no-way approaches Go Dutch standards.
Almost ZERO suggestions from cyclists were taken on board. For example, there are NO protected Left-Hand-Turns and despite FIVE lanes for traffic on Grays Inn Road, NO segregated space has been allocated to cycling.
We cycled every one of London’s 33 boroughs (lets count City of London as a borough for the purposes of this write up!).
We’d done this before, in 2010 some friends and I mapped and cycled the shortest route for the first time- a 95 mile ‘e’ shaped ride starting in Hammersmith and Fulham. A few of us repeated the ride in 2012 and as 2014 rolled round it felt time to do it again.
And so it came to be that seven cyclists and friends, four from the UK, a Pole, a German and an Italian set off from Willesden Junction at 7.15am on a bright Saturday morning to stage a public ‘die-in’ in every London borough.
The route carried us along canal towpaths, through parks, on designated cycle routes and paths and along many minor and major streets and highways, sampling just about every sort of urban cycling experience there is to offer.
We began heading east from Hammersmith, a long straight route through the central boroughs north of Hyde Park, along an eerily empty Oxford Street, through Old Street, Victoria Park and past the Olympic site.
By Redbridge the sun bailed out behind an ominous looking cloud just as I swerved to narrowly miss a car door being flung open across the cycle lane. On reaching Havering we’d staged eleven die-ins, cycled about 25 miles, made a pit stop for espresso’s and more than burnt off breakfast.
Our long broad sweep through the northern boroughs saw us cycling on plenty of red routes, happily lost in a few woodlands and a stretch along the river Lea. The showers were at first refreshing, then chilling, obscuring glass on route and
slowing our pace through very heavy traffic in Barnet and particularly aggressive driving in Finchley.
After our Ealing ‘die-in’ we peddled south through the western boroughs before crossing the river at Twickenham through another deluge.
A welcome breather as we cycled through Richmond Park soon gave way to the thunderous roar of the A3 as we began to tick off the southern boroughs.
Passing through Merton, Sutton and Lambeth we knew that the greatest climb awaited; at Crystal Palace. Thankfully the rain had stopped by this point and soon as were atop the hill we were speeding down the other side towards Sydenham.
The sun returned for the first time since Waltham Forest giving us a much needed boost for the last stretch. The section of the Green Ring we cycled to the South of Catford was a joy and a break from the traffic, noise and pollution that had plagued us on much of route.
13 HOURS AND ONLY 1 FLAT TYRE
Approaching our final borough Bexley brought the unpleasant ride along the A20 and our only flat tyre of the day, just 3 miles before our finish at Sidcup Station.
The journey had taken us over thirteen hours, slowed by the many traffic lights we encountered meaning that parts of the group were forever getting stuck behind a red while that others were left waiting up ahead.
We completed the cycle on a collection of road bikes, hybrid bikes and mountain bikes.
The cycle highlighted just how far there is to go in creating a safe cycling environment in London and the lack of improvement in cycling infrastructure in the 4 years since we first completed the route, which is even more scandalous considering the huge increase in numbers of cyclists in this time.
*The riders were: Adam Jukes, Jodie Cross, Jacob Przeklasa, Craig Horsfall, Laura Horsfall, Fabrizio Stefanoni, and Chris Speirs.
Mayor Must End London’s Illegal Truck Epidemic Now!
Online Petition Launched by Stop Killing Cyclists
After yet another cyclist was killed by a truck at Vauxhall Cross, Stop Killing Cyclists have today (22nd June 2014) launched a petition calling on the London Mayor to set a target of reducing the illegally driven trucks on London’s roads down from its current epidemic levels (estimated to be over 30%) to a maximum of 1%.
The petition also calls on the Mayor to:
Provide the funding to achieve this to the Metropolitan Police Enforcement Unit
End the dangerous driver time-penalty systems used by TfL Buses and trucks used on the Crossrail Project.
It is estimated that up to 30% of all trucks being driven in London were in an illegally dangerous state or were being driven illegally.
Stop Killing Cyclists petition author Fred Smith said:
“After yet another preventable killing at Vauxhall Cross we are calling for thousands of Londoners to sign this petition to pressure the Mayor to end the illegal truck epidemic on London’s roads and set a 2 year target to reduce illegality to a maximum of 1%, from its current estimated level of 30%”.
“Stop Killing Cyclists held a demonstration at Vauxhall Cross in December 2013, following the 6 awful November tragedies, calling for greater enforcement of truck safety regulations to protect London’s pedestrians and cyclists, yet almost nothing has changed. Dangerous illegal trucks keep putting Londoners lives at risk.
London’s vulnerable road users cannot tolerate TfL’s complacency any longer. The Mayor must target the killers not the victims.”
1. Stop Killing Cyclists is the direct action protest group set up after the recent spate of cyclist killings in London. 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.
4. This press release was revised on 22nd June to add a quote from the author of the petition and to provide a clearer hotlink petition web address (item 2, above).
Full Text of Petition
“Following the tragic death of yet another cyclist at Vauxhall under the wheels of a HGV truck, Stop Killing Cyclists call on the London Mayor to urgently increase enforcement of Truck Safety Laws and set a target of pushing the level of illegally driven or in an illegally dangerous state trucks down below 1% by the end of 2015, from the current estimated 30% level.
The Mayor must:
Increase the funding to the Metropolitan Police Truck Enforcement Unit to achieve this target
Amend all TfL Bus and HGV contracts (including Crossrail) to ban the practice of penalising drivers using time or load-based key performance indicators (KPI)
Ban the use of iBus to text TfL Bus Drivers while they’re driving and introduce safety performance KPIs which reward drivers for driving safely
Why is this important?
In London over half cyclist fatalities involve HGVs, despite HGVs making up only 5% of traffic .
The Metropolitan Police found in one targeted action that as few as a third of lorries met safety regulations . The police must step up enforcement efforts to catch dangerous lorries before they kill more Londoners.
TfL and other bus and truck companies must stop using incentives which encourage dangerous driving, a practice which has been linked to the disproportionate number of accidents involving HGVs, especially those from the construction industry .
A TRL study showed texting whilst driving could be more dangerous than drink or drug driving . Therefore it is unacceptable that TfL is using a text based system to communicate with bus drivers while they are driving.
With one cycling death a month so far in 2014 and even more pedestrian deaths, urgent action must be taken to prevent further fatalities on our roads.”
Boris Johnson, The Mayor of London, needs to tackle the appalling situation that an estimated 30% of the trucks on London’s roads are being driven in an illegally dangerous state or illegally driven.
His cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, twisted my fact about Boris targeting cyclists with fines at a rate 8 times higher than the trucks that are killing us, into a stat about all drivers, which is not what I said…..
I said the Mayor [Met Police] fined cyclists at a rate 8 times higher than the trucks that were killing us ( 4,000 fines for cyclists – 600 for trucks) – Gilligan attacked me saying I was wrong saying that they fined drivers 71% and Cyclists 29% and stating cyclists were 29% of inner London vehicles (?!!) but note he switched from TRUCKs to DRIVERS!!
Each of these questions was asked by Will Nickell through Freedom of Information requests sent to every London borough. All figures are taken directly from their responses.
Q1. What percentage of your borough’s total road kilometres consists of fully, hard-segregated cycle routes?
Q2. How many total kilometres of fully, hard-segregated cycle routes does this equate to?
Q3. Since the 6th of May 2010, how much money in pounds sterling has been spent from your borough’s transport budget on creating further, fully, hard-segregated cycle routes?
Q4. In relation to the above question, what percentage of your total transport spend within your borough for the named period did this constitute?
Q5. For the period between the 1st of April 2014 and the 31st of March 2015, how much total money in pounds sterling from your borough’s transport budget has been, or will be, allocated to creating further, fully, hard-segregated cycle routes?
Q6. For the period mentioned in Q5, what percentage of your borough’s transport budget does this constitute?
Q7. What percentage of road kilometres under your sole control are 20mph roads?
Click on each borough’s name to see the actual FOI request and the response received (links to the ‘What do they know?’ website).
The release of detailed research of the London Boroughs failure to install safe segregated cycle lanes – Wed April 2nd.
Protest to mark the estimated the 54 cycling deaths and staggering estimated 19,600 other victims who have died in London due to motorised traffic since the last local elections.
When: Wednesday, April 2nd, 1-2pm
Where: Westminster City Hall, Victoria Street, London
What: Next Wednesday Stop Killing Cyclists will release the shocking report by Will Nickell into the failure by almost all 32 London Boroughs to install a single meter of segregated cycle lanes, over the last four years since the last local borough elections.
To mark the release of this research we are staging a lunchtime protest outside Westminster City Hall, which is one of the worst boroughs for investment in cycling.
The London Boroughs Wall of Death will be unrolled to mark all 54 cycling deaths in the city since the last local elections, plus the estimated 19,000 other deaths associated with London’s traffic-violence.
The London Boroughs control 95% of London’s roads. The Mayor of London controls only 5% – the largest arterial routes.
Among the research results released on Wednesday will be:
How many Boroughs have ZERO segregated cycle lanes?
How many Boroughs have installed ZERO segregated cycle lanes since the last local elections?
How many Boroughs plan to spend ZERO on segregated cycle-lanes in the coming year following the May 2014 elections?
How many Boroughs have designated 25% or less of their roads to be safer 20mph zones?
What tiny percentage of the London Boroughs total road-network has segregated cycle lanes?
Which Boroughs have the most kilometres of segregated cycle lanes installed?
Which were the ONLY three boroughs to actually install any segregated cycle lanes over last four years?
The London Boroughs Wall of Death will individually mark all of the 54 cyclists killed since the last elections in the London Boroughs, and it will also mark the following estimated death, injury and fatal-disease toll in the London Boroughs over the 4 years since the last elections:
Pedestrians killed (note 1)
Cyclists seriously injured.
Pedestrians seriously injured
Estimated deaths from physical unfitness due to lack of cycle-infrastructure (note 3)
Estimated deaths from traffic pollution (note 2)
Pedestrians and cyclists killed or injured (note 4)
Will Nickell – author of the London Boroughs Segregated Cycle Lanes Report for Stop Killing Cyclists said:
“This research for the first time exposes the lethal failure by the vast majority of London’s Boroughs to invest in Go-Dutch standard segregated safe-cycle lanes, for London’s kids and cyclists over the last four years”.
“Boroughs must urgently follow Amsterdam into the 21st century and invest a minimum of 10% of their transport budget in Dutch standard cycle lanes and include space-for-cycling in all new developments and transport infrastructure.”
“Every one of the 54 cyclists killed on London’s roads over the last four years is a tragedy, but it is also important to note the literally thousands of other deaths from the London Borough’s failure to provide a safe unpolluted cycling and walking environment.”
“Londoners should ask every candidate in May’s local and European elections if they will support 10% of their transport budget to be spent on segregated cycle-lanes”.
Notes to editors:
Wills contact number for media queries only: 07523 094 819
3. Less than 20% of Londoners now achieve recommended level of physical activity. If you take Denmark and Netherlands as two cycle-friendly countries otherwise similar to the UK, the actives are 70-80%. Assuming, then, that 75% of the population in London were to reach the desired activity level, 2,815 fewer people would die per year, or 11,260 over 4 years (figures from Public Health England)
4. Based on actual reported casualty statistics TfL 2010-12 – extrapolated for final year.
5. Stop Killing Cyclists is the direct action protest group set up after the recent spate of cyclist killings in London. 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.