London Evening Standard)
- HATTY COLLIER
- 11 mins ago
Hundreds of activists gathered for a “die-in” protest following the deaths of three cyclists and two pedestrians in a week of carnage on London’s roads.
Cyclists descended on Whitehall on Saturday afternoon and marched to the Treasury for the “die-in” vigil to pay tribute to those killed in one of the bloodiest weeks on the capital’s roads.
High-spirited chants and the tinkling of bicycle bells rippled the crowd as the group made their way through the streets of central London after meeting in Trafalgar Square at about 1pm.
Campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists organised the “die-in” as part of a wider protest demanding that Chancellor Philip Hammond increases investment in the UK’s cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to 10 per cent of the transport budget.
After the vigil in which campaigners lay down their bikes and dropped onto the wet tarmac for a minute’s silence, organisers made a series of speeches before heartfelt tributes were read out for cyclist Ben Wales and Karla Roman, both 32, and Anita Szucs, 30, who were killed on London’s roads in the space of just four days.
Two pedestrians, a man and a woman who have not been identified, were also killed in separate crashes in Limehouse and Euston this week and were also remembered at the demonstration.
Activists held up signs which read: “Traffic stop killing with pollution” and “We are all canaries in London’s toxic air.”
Several people wore pictures of the victims pinned to their lapels.