This evening, Friday 12 July 2013, the London Cycling Campaign are coordinating a protest ride from Tower Hill to Aldgate calling on the Mayor to provide dedicated space on the roads for London's cyclists.
Meet 6pm for 6:15 start at Tower Hill for a short ride to Aldgate: http://goo.gl/maps/8Czme
The protest ride will last approximately 20-30 minutes, including a
brief stop at the junction of A11 Whitechapel Road and A1202 Commercial
Street to pay respects at the place where last week's victim died
The ride will be marshalled by LCC staff and volunteers, and will finish at Altab Ali Park around 6.30pm
More details below (taken from the LCC website)
In the wake of two cycling fatalities in recent weeks - one in Aldgate, the other in Lewisham
- the protest ride will remind the Mayor and local councils that
Londoners cycling on busy roads need dedicated space to protect them
from fast-moving and heavy motor traffic.
The protest ride takes place exactly a week after the death of a
20-year-old female student who was run over by a lorry while cycling
along Whitechapel Road, part of the Mayor's Cycle Superhighway 2.
London Cycling Campaign is also supporting the vigil at City Hall from 5.30 pm in memory of recent lorry deaths, including the pedestrian killed by a lorry in Fulham on Monday.
The City Hall vigil has been called by the Action on Lorry Danger
group including RoadPeace, Living Streets, CTC, British Cycling and LCC.
Since the first designs for Superhighway 2 were put forward, we've
repeatedly told the Mayor that this route – supposedly put in place to
encourage more Londoners to cycle – fails to come anywhere near
providing a safe or comfortable cycle route.
In a letter to Transport for London dated February 2011, before
construction started, we said the project as planned should be halted,
and funds should be spent improving flaws in the existing Cycle
Superhighways and that Superhighway 2 should be redesigned a genuinely
safe cycle route.
As far back as 2009, we put forward a Superhighways manifesto calling for the Mayor to make these commuter routes safe and inviting for novice cyclists, as well as experienced commuters.
Superhighway 2 follows the A11 trunk road, a busy multi-lane road
used by high volumes of fast-moving motor traffic; however, despite
being one of the Mayor's flagship commuter cycle routes, the section of
Superhighway 2 from Aldgate to Bow roundabout provides no dedicated
space for cycling.
Cyclists of all abilities, including children, are expected to jockey
for position among lorries, cars, motorbikes, buses and taxis, with
only a smattering of ineffective blue paint and a few bike symbols to
This week's victim is the third cyclist to die in collision with a
lorry on or near the Superhighway 2, with Brian Dorling and Svitlana
Tereschenko both killed at Bow roundabout in 2011.
In stark contrast to this section of Superhighway 2, proposals from Transport for London
for the CS2 route extension from Bow roundabout to Stratford provide
for wide cycle tracks in both directions, with a raised kerb to protect
cyclists from motor traffic and junction treatments to reduce conflict
between cyclists and motorists.
The wide tracks on Superhighway 2 from Bow to Stratford are to allow faster commuters to overtake slower cyclists comfortably.
This plan to provide safe and dedicated space for cycling makes the
complete absence of space for cycling between Aldgate and Bow very
difficult to comprehend.
Until the Mayor and Transport for London accept that on London's
busiest roads clear space for cycling must be allocated, then cycling
fatalities such as these will continue to happen regularly and cycling
growth will be stifled.
We're calling on all Londoners to join our protest ride to tell the
Mayor to design our city streets for cyclists of all abilities, so no
more families suffer the heartbreak of losing a loved one as has
happened so recently at Aldgate and in Lewisham.
A 60-year-old man run over by a bus while cycling in Stamford Hill earlier this week is still critically ill in hospital.