Cyclists protest in London over unsafe riding conditions
Cyclists protested in large numbers as they staged a mass die-in safety protest in London recently. They wanted to draw attention of authorities to unsafe riding conditions in the city following a total of six cyclists who have been killed on London roads during the past month.
The thirteen day period from November 5 to 18 saw cyclists Brian Holt, 62, Francis Golding, 69, Roger William De Klerk, 43, Venera Minakhmetova, 24, a 21-year-old man from St John’s Wood and a 60 year old man all die in the city, which has angered the cycling fraternity initiating them to take to the streets in disapproval.
The protesters, totaling over 1,000 cyclists in number, lay across the road in Southwark, Central London drawing attention to the dangerous traffic conditions and to push for safer transport infrastructure. The demonstration, called die-in, saw protesters block roads and hold candle light vigils to those who have lost their lives in these accidents over the past 8 years.
These protests were led by Donnachadh McCarthy, 54, who stated that the protesters were using same protest methor as was seen in Amsterdam, Netherlands, back in the 1970s, when they urged for safer road conditions. Today, Netherlands has the safest riding conditions for cyclists. 59% of their trips in cities, are done via cycling, reveals Wikipedia.
London protesters hope the same for their city. They were also calling for investment to the tune of £600 million per year to be spent on safer cycling conditions with modern amenities and safe cycling networks so that the city becomes safer for the young and elderly alike.