Remember Monday 20th; and Hackney news

by bikesalive

MONDAY 20th – A LATER START

Because of many people’s preference, Bikes Alive’s next Kings Cross one-hour go-slow starts – as previously announced – at 6.30pm. However, there have also been comments of the sort, “Whenever you start, people will turn up late…” Can we prove the latter pessimists wrong? We’ll see.

HACKNEY PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ACTION

In yet another – sadly not rare – example of Transport for London making road changes which increase the danger for cyclists and/or pedestrians, they plan to remove a pedestrian crossing at the junction of Rivington Street and Curtain Road, in Shoreditch. There was a demonstration there this week (see london.indymedia.org/events/11652), and local campaigners would welcome support – contact hackneydisabilitybackup@yahoo.com.

REPORTS OF LAST WEEK’S BIKES ALIVE EVENT

The Times – which has kept its Safe Cycling Campaign going for a fortnight now – had coverage in last Tuesday’s paper of the previous night’s Bikes Alive event; they also had even better coverage on their website (see www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3311705.ece#tab-3), with a video and interviews, giving an explicit name-check to Bikes Alive for the first time in their campaign. For all the obvious limitations and inadequacies of the paper’s stance (which you’d expect, of course), it has nevertheless been an important component of the pressure – especially in London – which is getting issues relating to cycling safety increasingly visible in the public and political arena.

Some other coverage of interest (mostly, but not exclusively, relating to Bikes Alive) can be found at:

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-16874726
www.bigsmoke.org.uk/?p=34650
twowheelsandbeyond.blogspot.com/2012/02/next-bikes-alive-protest-at-kings-cross.html
www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/16244
www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2012/02/07/julian-sayarer/going-slow
www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2012/feb/biographer-sonia-purnell-claims-boris-johnson-has-failed-deliver-promises-reducing-cyc
www.hurrayforbikes.co.uk/2012/01/bikes-alive.html#!/2012/01/bikes-alive.html

Note the interesting debate on the website of the London Review of Books!

And lastly, Resonance FM’s weekly bike programme included a little outside broadcast from Kings Cross during the last event: see thebikeshow.net/londoners-on-bikes-with-votes.

About these ads