Thousands of protestors join London 'die-in' (video)

Cyclists and pedestrians march down Oxford Street with a horse-drawn hearse to draw attention to the 'unknown victims of traffic violence'.

Thousands of cyclists marched down Oxford Street in London on Saturday to protest over the number of deaths on the city’s roads.

The event, organised by campaign group Stop The Killing, culminated with a mass ‘die-in’ at Marble Arch, where the riders lay on the ground as if they were dead.

The protesters listed 10 demands designed at protecting cyclists and pedestrians in the city, where over 26,000 people were killed by ‘traffic violence’ between 2003-2012.

“Saturday’s powerful protest sent a loud message to the Government and London’s Mayor that the time for meaningless spin-doctoring about cycling and walking are over,” Stop Killing Cyclists Co-organiser Donnachadh McCarthy told London24.

“What people across Britain want to see is real investment in making our streets safe for humans, not billions more for the motor lobby.”

The protest comes as Transport for London consults on the building of several new ‘superhighways’ and road improvement plans designed at making cycling safe in the city.

Source: London24

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.