Jenny Jones to join in direct action on junction tomorrow

Big attendance at the Kings Cross Christmas VigilThe Green Party London Assembly Member is to unite with cyclists in King’s Cross on Monday (9 January) for a ‘go slow’ around the gyratory during the evening rush hour.

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…”

About Clare Hill

Clare is a writer and editor who lived in King’s Cross for a decade. She is passionate about local history, transport and food. Contact Clare by commenting on her posts or go to http://www.clarehill.net
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12 Responses to Jenny Jones to join in direct action on junction tomorrow

  1. Charlotte says:

    Great! Another traffic jam; this is totally the wrong way to get other road users on side.
    Whilst I understand that the roads should be safe cyclists and I was heartbroken to see the tent over the junction following the last fatal accident, not to mention having lost 2 loved ones on London’s streets I have no problem with bikes who follow the rules…I, among with a lot of road users would like to see cycling groups advocating safe road use by cyclists including being insured and accountable for the accidents they cause…instead of my experience of them jumping the lights, causing an accident and then just peddling away safe in the knowledge they don’t have any ID on the bike and aren’t going to held accountable. If we saw some positive action on this front I think there would be lot more support for cyclists.

  2. john says:

    Jenny Jones needs to take a look at how cyclists completely ignore any rules of the road. Jumping red lights, cycling on and off pavements, ignoring lighting controls at pedestrian crossings. Bad mannered, foul mouthed and aggressive are the words that come to mind regarding cyclists in London. At the moment cyclists are the most dangerous road (and pavement) users.

    • “At the moment cyclists are the most dangerous road (and pavement) users.”

      This sort of nonsense is unfortunately very widespread (similar sentiment in the previous comment too) and precisely why it has come to direct action. To suggest that cyclists are more dangerous than left-turning lorries, rapidly-lane-changing vans and speeding cars is utterly crass. All road users need to improve their adherence to the rules, sure – including pedestrians by the way – but pointing the finger at cyclists when they bear the disproportionate brunt of fatalities is just unacceptable.

      • Charlotte says:

        The road should be a safe place for all road users not just cyclists… I’m a motorcyclist…want to count the number of us that get killed every year? We’re just as vunerable to turning lorries, possibly more so because we can’t get up the pavement sideways. Cyclists cause a huge number of accidents, are uninsured and unaccountable…ALL road users should be safe and ALL road users should respect the rules and carry insurance, cyclists should not be immume.

    • Angus H says:

      Please look up the accident statistics before making these kind of comments – they’re readily available. Dozens of pedestrians in London killed by motor vehicles every year; as far as I’m aware in London there has been only one pedestrian fatality involving a cyclist in the last 3 years.

      Yes, some cyclists behave badly towards pedestrians; the vast majority do not & in fact very much frown upon those that do. In my experience, people notice any time a cyclist cuts them up on a crossing; for a car to fail to stop at a Zebra is so unremarkable that it just doesn’t register.

      Should just add that red lights, one way systems & all the rest didn’t even become necessary until cars began to take over our streets; with 360 degree vision & full use of your ears (apart from the muppets who ride with headphones in), it’s easy to determine whether or not it’s safe to proceed (& those that do so, do at risk to nobody but themselves). Can’t say the same in a car where you’ve blind spots, limited visibility, engine noise and the rest.

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  4. Ari Henry says:

    Many London cyclists are insured, it is a benefit of joining London Cycle Campaign and is included in the membership fee, Outside London Cycle Tourist Club.
    Cyclists are held responsible for their actions with not only police but community wardens able to enforce road laws against cyclists. There are far more cars on the roads than cyclists but community wardens have no responsibility for cars.
    Cigarette smoking costs the NHS an estimated £1.5 billion per annum, London alone costs an estimated £2 billion in pollution costs.
    Car driving is a privilege not a right

  5. I know you have succeeded because from Acton and Swinton Street I can see the cars are jammed up. With you in spirit whilst doing the evening routine for our child.

  6. No point in divide and rule here…. We need roads safe for ALL road users…..

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