Traffic outside London’s King’s Cross station was brought to a standstill on Monday evening as cyclists protested over Transport for London’s approach to cyclist’s safety.

Police were in attendance as the protesters called for safer streets. Co-ordinated by campaign group Bike Alive, the protest was cited as a direct response to the ineffectiveness of polite lobbying.

The hour long protest follows the death of 16 cyclists on London’s roads last year, including Min Joo Lee who died after being in collision with a truck at King’s Cross in October.

Three other cyclists have also been killed at King’s Cross in the last five years.

Despite a TfL commissioned report urging for significant improvements to the road layout at King’s Cross in 2008, few changes have been made to what many cyclists see as a notoriously dangerous junction.

Under the heading ‘So What Next?’, Bike Alive have proposed on their website to repeat the protest every week until TfL commit to make changes.

The suggestion is that they will work their way around London’s dangerous junctions in hope that direct action will speed up change.

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  • Michael Spencer

    I am a cyclist in London and have been so for over 20 years. Yesterday in three separate incidents I was struck by cyclists riding recklessly on the pavements despite there being notices requesting them to dismount.

    Whilst one can understand the need to make roads safer for cyclists, is it not hypocritical when cyclists are not prepared allow the same courtesy to pedestrians. Riding on footpaths is both illegal and dangerous, but from personal experience, and the tirades of abuse I have received from offending cyclists, I would suggest that first we should make the footpaths safe for pedestrians.

    Perhaps it is time for Cycling Weekly to run a re-education programme for its readers rather than vilifying drivers who are subject to ill disciplined road users on their bicycles.


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  • Opus the Poet

    I would like to point out that there is basis for criminal charges as the basis for this protest, as the junction was identified as a death trap for vulnerable classes of road users (cyclists and pedestrians) back in 2008. SOMEONE has ignored this report since then, at first actively suppressing it then denying it when it was brought to light by a FOIL request. There should be at least one corporate manslaughter case per death at this junction since the report was delivered brought on the person that suppressed this report. That would be 3 cyclists and how many pedestrians?

  • Karl

    Next day around Victoria there was another serious accident. From reports I got from people that went past, the bike was in bits. Hopefully the rider wasn’t.