Around 1,000 cyclists in London held a “die-in” protest at the headquarters of Transport for London on Friday evening of last week.
Their central message was “Stop Killing Cyclists”. It comes in the wake of the death of six cyclists within a fortnight in London last month.
Campaigners are angry that Tory mayor Boris Johnson, who likes to project himself as the “cycling mayor”, prioritises motorised vehicles rather than reducing danger on the roads.
Alison Higgs from south London helped to build the protest—she’s been a cycling commuter for over 30 years.
She told Socialist Worker, “It’s clear Boris Johnson’s priority is to keep traffic, and profits to big business, flowing through London.
“We are a major world city but they can’t invest in decent infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists.”
Johnson has announced a series of “cycle superhighways” for cyclists. While they may be a step in the right direction they have come in for a lot of criticism. Alison said, “Putting a bit of blue paint on the road is not a ‘superhighway’.”
Angus MacDonald, also a cycling commuter, agreed. He said, “People have talked about HGVs and their involvement in many cyclist deaths. They have a blind spot where drivers can’t see.”
“The superhighway is not good enough. Parts are unsafe and it’s not going to provide for universal cycling in this city. There are more cyclists these days and we are getting organised.”