A statement from the organisers, Bikes Alive:
Jenny Jones, Green Party leader at the Greater London Authority, has announced that she is joining a cyclists’ direct action event at King’s Cross on Monday. The event, initiated by cycling campaign group Bikes Alive, is to demand a change in the balance of power on London’s roads and an end to the official policy of giving priority to the speed and volume of motor vehicles above the safety and sanity of everyone else.
Jenny Jones said, “London’s roads must be fixed urgently if we are to make them safe for cyclists and all other road users. This is the Mayor’s responsibility, and I hope that if we make a statement through peaceful, direct action he will start to listen.”
Bikes Alive has called for cyclists and pedestrians to take active steps to calm the traffic outside King’s Cross station from 6pm to 7pm on Monday, if possible by closing the road to motor vehicles completely.
Disability campaigners’ support
The priority given to motor traffic affects pedestrians, as well as cyclists, and Bikes Alive demands changes which would improve the safety of all slow-moving and vulnerable road users, including the re-timing of traffic lights at junctions and crossings to allow much longer periods between successive green-for-traffic phases.
Lianna Etkind of Transport for All (which campaigns for safe and accessible means of travel for everyone, irrespective of their abilities or disabilities) has also spoken out in support of the demonstration, and will be present with other Transport for All activists. She said, “The Mayor’s insidious talk of ‘smoothing traffic flow’ covers an agenda of prioritising impatient motorists over the safety of pedestrians. Disabled and older people’s safety and independence is being put at risk by shortsighted streetscene policies, particularly the removal of crossings.”
Bring your dancing shoes
Bikes Alive was set up in reaction to the almost hysterical support, in many circles, for the divine right of motorists to delay, poison and terrorise cyclists and other non-motorised road users.
Albert Beale, speaking on behalf of Bikes Alive, said today, “Monday’s event is the first step in a campaign to stop – by whatever non-violent means needed – the completely unnecessary level of deaths, injuries and fear inflicted by motorists on the more vulnerable. I urge cyclists to join us on Monday. And if you don’t have a bike, bring your dancing shoes…”