Monday, 9 November 2015

London Assembly votes to End Lorry Danger

Dear Friends,

Our call for the Mayor to End Lorry Danger is gaining momentum with cross party support in the London Assembly

In response to everyone who emailed the Mayor and London Assembly this summer (that means you!), our demands are being debated and supported in City Hall. Initially the Mayor's office responded with cautious support but no concrete proposals [1]. However our calls have now been taken up by Darren Johnson AM who bought together a cross party motion to the London Assembly which was passed unanimously [2].

This is a big step for the campaign and shows there is political will in the London Assembly to address HGV danger.

We need to keep up the pressure on the Mayor to ensure this is followed up by decisive action to address this endemic problem.

- No More Coffins Protest

Thankfully it's been several months since we've had a vigil on London's roads and while I hope that will continue for as long as possible, many of the dangers facing cyclists haven't gone away.

On Friday 27th November Stop Killing Cyclists are holding a demonstration outside Transport for London's HQ calling for action to make London's roads safe [3]. The event runs from 5-6:30 pm so please join after work to help maintain the pressure for safer cycling in London.

No More Coffins Protest event details - 27th November, 5-6:30 pm


- Demand Protected Cycle Lanes in Wandsworth

This campaign has always demanded safer roads for cycling in London, especially protected cycle lanes on main roads to make safe cycling accessible to all. Unfortunately although there has been progress in places many schemes still fail to provide safe space for cycling.

TfL's proposals for Balham High Road fail to provide protected space for cycling [4]. We want to send a clear signal to TfL that this level of provision just isn't good enough. All schemes like this should include:
  • Continental style protected cycle lanes (as recently opened in Vauxhall, Embankment and Oval)
  • Bus stop cycle lane bypasses

The consultation closes at the end of the week, so please respond now!

Thanks for all your support and I hope to see many of you on the 27th.

Kind regards,


Fred


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[1] http://saveourcyclists.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/our-2015-demands-reviewing-mayors.html
[2] http://www.mayorwatch.co.uk/boris-urged-to-ban-hgvs-from-rush-hour-streets/. The details of the motion and the Assembly members supporting our campaign are here: http://saveourcyclists.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/london-assembly-motion-on-hgvs-and.html
[3] No more coffins protest - https://www.facebook.com/events/1042166819129119/ in support of Stop Killing Cyclists' '10 by 2020' demands - http://stopthekilling.org.uk/direct-actions/10-by-2020-cycling-safety-challenge/
[4] http://traffikintooting.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/failing-to-deliver-for-balham-boulevard.html via the 38degrees petition https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/let-s-make-tooting-high-street-safe-for-all (please support!).