Leaflets published by Bikes Alive

This page gives information about some of the more significant leaflets published by Bikes Alive.

The text of the first Bikes Alive leaflet, as published on 20 December 2011, is virtually equivalent to the first item (Killing of cyclists: enough is enough) on the main page of this website.

The text of the leaflet distributed at the first Bikes Alive action, on 9 January 2012, is reprinted here… [Very similar leaflets were published on 23 January and 20 February 2012.]

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What’s going on at Kings Cross tonight?

The current policy of Transport for London (TfL) supports the unnecessary use of motor vehicles, and prioritises the speed and volume of motor traffic over the health, safety, and ease of movement of the community as a whole.

For instance:

Another cyclist was killed (predictably and unnecessarily) here in Kings Cross just 3 months ago – one of 16 killed in London in 2011.

Traffic lights are timed to suit the impatience of motorists rather than the needs of more vulnerable road users.

Some pedestrian crossings in London are threatened with removal, even though this will leave disabled people stranded.

Enough is enough!

Years of polite lobbying has got us nowhere. So, many cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users have had enough, and have decided that the time has come to resist. Hence we have come together to attempt, non-violently, to calm the traffic at Kings Cross for an hour this evening. The aim is to stop motor traffic at Kings Cross for one hour tonight, from 6pm.

Whether or not we succeed tonight, this will be just the first of many such attempts to defend ourselves from the inherent violence of the traffic which threatens and poisons us. These actions – some small-scale, and others larger; some announced in advance, and others not – will continue until official policy is reversed, and London becomes a more civilised, sane and healthy city, where the need of everyone to be able to move safely and efficiently takes priority over the selfishness of the more powerful.

Tonight’s action was initiated by Bikes Alive and supported by various groups and individuals.

Contact Bikes Alive by e-mail (bikesalive@london.com) or see the Bikes Alive website (bikesalive.wordpress.com).

 Leaflet published for Bikes Alive by BADHOC, London WC1.

[9 January 2012]

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The text of the leaflet published on 11 March 2012 is reprinted here…

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What’s going on at Kings Cross tonight?

The current policy of Transport for London (TfL) supports the unnecessary use of motor vehicles, and prioritises the speed and volume of motor traffic over the health, safety, and ease of movement of the community as a whole.

For instance:
TfL told road engineers to ignore cyclists when planning the road layout at Kings Cross – at a time when cyclists were regularly getting injured here.
Traffic lights are timed to suit the impatience of motorists rather than the needs of more vulnerable road users.
Some pedestrian crossings in London are threatened with removal, even though this will leave disabled people stranded.
TfL is even now making changes at Kings Cross which introduce new dangers for cyclists!

Enough is enough!

Years of polite lobbying has got us nowhere. So, many cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users have had enough, and have decided that the time has come to resist. Hence we have come together to attempt, non-violently, to calm the traffic at Kings Cross for an hour this evening. The aim is to stop motor traffic at Kings Cross for one hour tonight, from 6.30pm.

Whether or not we succeed tonight, this will be just one of many such attempts to defend ourselves from the inherent violence of the traffic which threatens and poisons us. These actions – some announced in advance, and others not – will continue until official policy changes, and London is a more civilised, sane and healthy city, where the need of everyone to be able to move safely and efficiently takes priority over the selfishness of the more powerful.

Tonight’s action was initiated by Bikes Alive and supported by various groups and individuals.
Contact Bikes Alive by e-mail (bikesalive@london.com) or see the Bikes Alive website (bikesalive.wordpress.com).

Leaflet published for Bikes Alive by BADHOC, London WC1.

[12 March 2012]

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