London "Die-In" Draws 1,000 Cyclists

Last Friday night, more than 1,000 Londoners staged an unusual protest against the official response to a spate of fatal accidents involving cyclists.
December 2, 2013, 10am PST | Anna Bergren Miller | @abergrenmiller
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In what they referred to as a “die-in,” the protesters participated in a vigil before lying down in the road in front of the Transport for London building.  According to John Stuttle, who attended and helped organize the “die-in,” the event was put together in less than two weeks.

The “die-in” and other protests are part of an ongoing feud between cyclists and city officials.  Cyclists complain that existing biking infrastructure puts them at risk for collisions with vehicles, including HGVs and buses.  London’s mayor, meanwhile, has resisted calls for an independent review of cycling safety in the city, and Assembly Member Boris Johnson recently angered many with remarks implying that cyclists, not drivers, were to blame for the recent accidents.

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Published on Sunday, December 1, 2013 in The Guardian Bike Blog
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