Demonstration – Regents Park, 6pm, tomorrow (Friday 11th March)
Demonstration in support of CS11 to be held after petition against it attracts thousands of signatures
by Alex Bowden
Organised by the Outer Circle Action Group, it serves as cyclists’ response to an online petition against the plans(link is external)(link is external) which at the time of writing had attracted over 2,300 signatures.
A consultation is currently underway for Cycle Superhighway 11 (CS11)(link is external), a route from Swiss Cottage to the West End, which includes a stretch around Regent’s Park’s Outer Circle.
London Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, recently told road.cc that the park was an “infinitely more pleasant route” than the alternative, Finchley Road. “What it does is make what is currently a rat run into a nice part of the park.”
Writing on change.org, Daniel Howard says the plans will result in gridlock and asks people to sign his petition, ‘to stop Transport for London from destroying some of the nicest, greenest areas of London and turning a major section of London into a congested car park.’
The Outer Circle Action Group, which comprises Camden Cycling Campaign, Camden Friends of the Earth, Canal and River Trust, Westminster Cycling Campaign and Westminster Living Streets, takes an opposing view. The group’s ultimate aim is to remove through motor traffic from the Outer Circle of Regent’s Park so as to restore what it says is an environment more appropriate for a park.
Describing CS11 plans
(link is external)(link is external) as a huge step towards this goal, they are urging people to attend a 45-minute demonstration at Park Square East on Friday. “We need to demonstrate our support in massive numbers to defeat opposition from the NIMBYs and those who simply don’t want to see more cycling, walking and clean air.”