City Hall, London
The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2 London, United Kingdom
Meet from 5.30pm for 6pm start.
London Women on Bikes, together withothers including #LondonBusWatch, and #WestminsterLivingStreets are organising a Vigil/Die-in to commemorate our fallen fellow vulnerable road users, who passed away tragically in London in the last few weeks
(11 people killed since May 7th)
We want to honour Christopher, Magda, Marion and Dan on Friday 10th June 2016 in front of City Hall.
Press release details….
Having had a clear 11 months without any deaths of people on bikes in London since the sad death of Ying Tao at Bank Junction in June 2015, there have been the deaths of three people while riding their bikes in a very short space of time. The first death being Christopher Holt, 58 who was hit by a car driver on 11 May, and died in hospital on 15 May. This was followed by the death of Magda Tadaj in Croydon on 23rd May. Magda, age 25, was killed having been hit by the driver of an 18-tonne articulated lorry with trailer who left the scene. On Saturday 4th June, Dan “Cash” Stephenson was hit while cycling on The Strand. He died in hospital on Sunday 5th.
In addition, since 7th May, 7 people have been killed in London who have been on foot, walking, crossing the road, or playing outside their home. Marie Scott, age 75 was killed by a moped rider in Holloway. Baroness Marion Lambert 73 was hit by a driver of a 73 bus operated by Arriva on 24th May and died on the 28th. On 31st May, Basant Lal Sharma 91 was killed by a car driver in Wanstead. Also that day an 18-year-old man was killed by a car driver in Wanstead. On 1st June, an unknown man, in his 50s was killed by a lorry driver in Victoria. On 2nd June, three-year-old Mircea-Stefan Ivanescu was killed by a 4×4 driver in Queensbury, and on the same day that Dan Stephenson was hit, an unknown man, age 54, was hit and killed by a car driver in Deptford south London.
Of the 10 deaths of people caused by motorised vehicles, two of them have been as a result of being hit by drivers of London Buses. Baroness Marion Lambert 73, philanthropist and art dealer suffered critical injuries when she was hit by a 73 Arriva bus on Tuesday 24th May crossing London’s busy Oxford Street just by Bond Street Station. She died in hospital the following Saturday. And Dan Stephenson’s death was also as a result of being hit by the driver of a no15 Stagecoach Group London Bus.
To mark these deaths, for the first time, 4 groups are coming together to remember these people who have so unnecessarily lost their lives on London’s roads. London Women on Bikes (LWOB), #LondonBusWatch, Westminster Living Streets and BMX Life have organised an event outside City Hall for Friday 10th June.
People will begin to gather from 5.30pm and speeches will start from 6pm. Speakers include founding member of LWOB Deborah Willemen, Tom Kearney of #LondonBusWatch, Peter Hartley of Westminster Living Streets and Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster. Tom Kearney and Peter Hartley will also hand letters to Caroline Russell London wide Assembly Member, Member of the Transport Committee.
The 10 people who have been killed will then be remembered during a 10 – minute period of silence and flowers will be placed in their honour.
Everyone is welcome to join us in remembering these 10 people – each a child or parent, a family member and someone’s loved one and many people’s friend.