Remember Monday 20th; and Hackney news
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 email@example.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:
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.