The roads that make up TfL's Kings Cross gyratory system are a disgrace. The vast high speed roundabout of one way roads is proven to be deadly. Plainly unfit for a decade or more, condemnded in TfL's own report three years ago radical changes are needed to break up the gyratory into safe roads on a local scale. TfL's current plans are derisory – a bit of paint on the road. The recent outpouring of support and raw emotion from people who suffer these roads after another tragic death has been moving and remarkable. The BBC, The Guardian and Camden New Journal have given the issue strong coverage. Cycling blogs in particular are dissecting the appalling design of TfL's junctions. This convinces me that we can mount an effective campaign for change in the run up to Mayoral elections next May.
We want to build a campaign on people's stories of your experience in the roads around Kings Cross. In the comments below please share your personal statement and testimony about the craziness of using these roads. Send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are feeling shy.
We shall take these comments and stories and build a bundle of evidence then a manifesto for change to take to each Mayoral Candidate and seek their endorsement for a fundamental reform and dismantling of the Kings Cross gyratory. People's real experiences backed up by evidence speak most powerfully in a campaign.
So tell us how you feel when cycling, walking or driving here, what emotions do you go through, tell us if you have been injured or had a near miss. Tell us how your experience affected your subsequent behaviour. Tell us a bit about yourself are you old or young, male, female, resident, tourist, worker, commuter, cyclist pedestrian? What routes did you take? Tell us what you think should change.
If you can, please use your real name or an abbreviated version in comments – there's nothing to be afraid of. The testimony of Bob Jones (or B Jones) is more credible than Billybob85.
We are also keen to receive statistical and policy evidence to build a campaign. If you have come across anything that helps build an evidence case (like this superb post) please send it in,
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