Cyclist poet at King’s Cross

Last night’s go slow demo organised by Bikes Alive ended on a high point with Des, the cycling poet from the London Critical Mass rides, giving a fantastic performance at the junction of the Cally Road, Pentonville Road and King’s Cross Bridge. The crowd adored it and our police officers had a ball too. It was a lovely evening with the local community and the London-wide cycling community joining together to call for real road safety measures for King’s Cross.

(Video of the cycling poet)

About Sophie Talbot

Sophie runs a small business designing websites for small businesses and community groups. She also manages King's Cross Community Projects
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8 Responses to Cyclist poet at King’s Cross

  1. a bohemian poetic side of Kings Cross….

  2. Albert Beale says:

    From: Albert Beale, 5 Caledonian Road (020-7278 4474;

    Firstly (as someone involved in initiating the event last night), I must say how pleased I was to see lots of local people there, as well as cycling, environmental, pedestrian and disability campaigners from around town. I think that when it comes to resisting the traffic-ridden state of London, there are so many obvious alliances that if we work together where we have common ground we really might be strong enough to effect change. So a big thank you to everyone who came together to be part of the event last night.

    But can I point out that the guy in the great pictures above is not actually a local (much as I’m sure we’d all welcome him in Kings Cross). That’s Des from Kingston, famous as one of the fairly regular participants in the monthly London Critical Mass bike rides, always with his bike with the famous Heath Robinson contraption on top, and his almost-a-trumpet. For those who don’t know, the London CM rides have taken place _every_ month now for more than 15 years, always meeting under the south end of Waterloo Bridge by the NFT bar at 6pm-6.30pm. By 7pm, hundreds (usually) of cyclists then take to the streets together, going whither the mood takes them (or the people at the front fancy), and for a while the traffic is driven off some of the roads of central London by sheer force of numbers of the bikes. It’s exhilarating – first-timers are always made welcome….

    Lastly, a reminder that last night’s event was just a try-out. There will be more such pretty soon, probably including at Kings Cross. For news of future plans keep an eye on

  3. Clare Hill says:

    Thanks so much for posting this. Was there in spirit. And glad to see the excellent slam-miking Dr Kaos till going strong. He features in this film of mine from a few years ago at 1:38. The title of film as message as relevant as ever:

    • Gregory says:

      Hail Dr Kayoss – here’s another angle – I stopped briefly with Des and Albert on Cally Road and introduced Kristie (in front of her shop and we all agreed that with this area improving, these streets on the gyratory also need some close attention to be made into a better and safer place.

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  5. the world says:

    We are all local!!

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