Cyclists protest over London road safety

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.

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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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