Sunday, 19 October 2014

15th November, Oxford Street: Road Safety Protest

On the 15th of November there will be a protest march on Oxford Street with a die-in at Marble Arch organised by Stop the Killing. The event seeks to highlight the damage caused by motor traffic & the transport policies which prioritise it above all else. There is a particular focus on safety for people cycling and walking:
"The UK’s road network is not fit for purpose and must be fully reformed to protect road users, the public, society and the environment."
The protest meets at Bedford Square at mid-day and will proceed down Oxford Street which will be closed to traffic in one direction - which should be interesting mid-day Saturday on the lead up to Christmas! At Marble Arch there will be a rally, speeches and a die-in.

Join the protest on Facebook here:

10 Demands

The protest will call for 10 demands which I've summarised below (full versions on the link):

Stop the Killing of Children – Convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones & abolish dangerous rat-runs.

Stop the Killing of Pedestrians – Establish a national programme to fund pedestrianisation of our city and town centres, including Oxford St.

Stop the Killing of Pensioners - Introduce and enforce speed limit of 20 mph on all urban roads.

Stop the Killing of Cyclists - Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over 5 yrs.

Stop the killing by HGVs - Ban trucks with blind spots & strictly enforce truck-safety regulations.

Stop the Killing without liability - Introduce a presumed civil liability law.

Stop the killing from vehicular pollutants - Mandatory particulate filters for all existing buses, lorries and taxis.

Stop the Killing at Junctions - Introduce pedestrian crossing times long enough for elderly and disabled people to cross.Carry out urgent programme of physically protected left-hand turns for cyclists.

Stop the Killing from Climate Crisis caused by CO2 emissions – all transport fuels to be from truly environmentally-sustainable, renewable sources within 10 years.

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.