Cyclists stage “die-in” protest in London

Around 1,000 cyclists staged a “die-in” protest outside Transport for London’s headquarters on Friday (29 November) in an effort to raise awareness of cycling safety in the capital.

This follows the deaths of six cyclists over a two-week period in London last month. Organisers of the protest are calling for 10% of each London borough’s transport budget to be spent on cycling infrastructure, but TfL has pointed out that it is spending £1bn on road improvements.

The protest involved a large number of cyclists blocking roads in Southwark with their bikes for a period of 15 minutes.

Speaking to the BBC, organiser Donnachadh McCarthy said: “We want a real budget, at the moment we’re getting crumbs. We want an integrated cycling network in London within five years and we want a say at the top table.”

The Metropolitan Police recently launched Operation Safeway in an effort to improve road safety in the capital.

They deployed officers to 166 key junctions during the city’s rush hours and in three days issued more than 2,000 fixed penalty notices to motorists and cyclists for a variety of highway offences.

The so called die-ins first took place in Holland in the 1970s and sparked a cycling revolution.

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