Last night, over 5,000 cyclists rode past the Houses of Parliament as part of the Space for Cycling campaign. Riders of every size, shape and age and on every conceivable type of bike took to the streets to call for dedicated space for cycling on London’s roads.
The two-wheeled protest was organised by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and timed to coincide with a parliamentary debate in the House of Commons on the recommendations of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report.
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The London Cycling Campaign
In particular, the LCC are calling for the following;
- Main roads and major junctions to include segregated tracks and cycle-specific traffic lights.
- Local streets to be ‘transformed into spaces that are safe for cycling and walking’ through the removal of through motor traffic, or reducing speed limits.
This is the third and by far the biggest Space for Cycling protest this year, with the first arranged in the aftermath of several cyclist fatalities in early July 2013. Momentum is growing behind the movement.
Co-ordinated online and using the twitter hashtag #space4cycling, groups travelled in from across the city to join the protest. The result was an inspiring spectacle to behold; a string of cyclists encircling the Houses of Parliament.
— Haringey Cyclists (@HaringeyCyclist) September 3, 2013
— Tom Edwards (@BBCTomEdwards) September 3, 2013
— Bez (@beztweets) September 3, 2013
If you are interested in finding out more about the London Cycling Campaign, or becoming a member, visit their website.
Were you there? Tell us what your experiences were and why you went along. You can also share your pictures on Twitter – don’t forget to use the the #space4cycling hashtag.