London Evening Standard)
- HATTY COLLIER
- a day ago
Scores of activists plan to gather for a “die-in” protest following the deaths of two female cyclists on the streets of London in just 24 hours.
Ms Szucs, who married her husband Tamas Mezo in March last year, suffered critical injuries in the crash in Bounces Road at 1.45am and was later pronounced dead in hospital.
A second woman, aged 32, who has not yet been named, was left fighting for her life after being crushed under a coach on a cycle superhighway in Whitechapel a few hours later. She also later died in hospital.
They are the first cyclists to die on London’s roads this year.
‘Serious crash’: A cyclist was hit by a coach on the CS2 cycle route in Whitechapel (HackneyCyclist/Twitter)
Campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists are planning a huge gathering to pay tribute to the women outside the Treasury on Horseguards Parade on Saturday.
The die-in vigil will coincide with a protest demanding that the Chancellor Philip Hammond increases investment in the UK’s cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to 10 per cent of the transport budget.
Activists will meet outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square from 1pm before marching to the Treasury building for the die-in protest.
The “10by2020” event will also feature children playing in gas masks to symbolise young people who are being affected by polluted streets and schools.
Die-in: Protesters lay on the ground outside City Hall (Caspar Hughes)
Stop Killing Cyclists spokesman Caspar Hughes said: “Air pollution is poisoning millions of people in the UK, whilst traffic carbon emissions are contributing to the climate emergency.
“Road danger means most people do not feel safe cycling on UK roads, which means they lack life-saving physical exercise.”
He added: “There is now an urgent health crisis which is costing the NHS billions.
“It is now crucial that our national cycling infrastructure gets its fair share of national infrastructure investment.”
A spokesman for the campaign group added: “We will be remembering both female cyclists on Saturday at our 10by2020 protest.”
Mrs Szucs was returning from a late shift at a warehouse when she was hit and killed
Anyone with any information or who witnessed the collision on Monday is asked to contact detectives from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford Traffic Garage on 020 8285 1574 or via Twitter @MetCC.