On Wednesday December 13th we will meet at 7AM at the junction of Penton Street and Pentonvil Road. (https://goo.gl/maps/qNo8NZLnz5T2). The event will run from 7:15AM till 9:15AM.
We will be providing a people protected bike lane. This means we will stand in the carriageway providing a protective buffer for those cycling. This will be carried out on the south bound carriageway. Here is an example from Philadelphia
Take note: motorists still getting by, children riding stress free along human-protected bike lane.
— Randy LoBasso (@RandyLoBasso)
and Dublin (the group that inspired us to take this action)
Rush hour action
— I BIKE Dublin (@IBIKEDublin)
We welcome all but we would ask that those who wish to attend are over the age of 16. This action is not suitable for small children.
Upon arrival our marshals will explain the action and help get you setup in the line. We encourage you to wear bright colours and bring bike lights with you. This will go ahead rain or shine. It may be cold so please wear gloves, coats, scarfs and even maybe a hot drink and be prepared to stand about checking and providing a safe route. We will not use umbrellas as they risk catching on people cycling past. So rain coats with hoods are wise.
The event will run from 7:15AM till 9:15AM. You can come along for all or part of the action. We need a core of 10 people for the duration. If you arrive late ask to talk to a marshal and they will find you a place in the line.
This is not a hostile action and we will be following any instructions from the police and you will need to follow the instructions of the marshals. We want happy smiling people providing safe routes for other happy smiling people. Active Travel Now will be provide instructions on how to aid people who wish to cross the road & what to do in the case of an emergency vehicle arriving and other scenarios we think we might come across. These details will be explained by our marshal team but will also be posted on here close to the date.
We are doing this to highlight the poor quality provision for active travel in London. While we have some exemplar schemes such Cycle Superhighway 3 & 6 and great proposals for Cycle Superhighways 4 & 9 most schemes are still terrible quality and do little to enable people to walk or cycle. Quietways fail to provide and funds from TFL are routinely wasted by local authorities on fractional changes.
We are calling on the Mayor and London local authorities to up their game. We need high quality schemes across the capital and we need them delivered at a faster pace. We need a sea change in quality in the Quietway programme both for walking and cycling.
Enabling active travel is key to fixing Londons toxic air, its child obesity crisis and fixing the health crisis. This event is a fun way to highlight the poor provision and provide an oasis of safety for those who will cycle through. However, most of those who the changes are for wont be seen on the day as due to our hostile roads most of them are unable or unwilling to cycle. We aim for a city where all 8-80 can cycle comfortably as we see along the Embankment every day.
The last Mayor began this change under the current Mayor it feels as if projects have stalled. The Mayor and Will Norman (London cycling and walking commissioner) must accelerate junction schemes, up the quality of Quiteways and push even further to enable Londons active travel revolution to continue.
So we hope to see you all bright and early on the 13th of December. Together we can push for the positive change we all want to make London a city where active travel is at its core.
See you there.