Massive thanks to the 2500 Londoners who took to the streets for a people-friendly city
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 11:14pm 12 Oct 2011
- Posted in: Blog
- Tagged with: blackfriars, transport for london, flashride, demonstration, october
First, a huge thanks to every one of the 2500 people who joined our protest ride yesterday, especially our members and the hundreds who helped out before and on the day, no matter how small your contributions.
We know from previous 'Flashrides' on Blackfriars Bridge that so many of you are deeply concerned about the flawed plans being put in place there right now by Transport for London.
We also know from the hundreds of positive comments (from cyclists and pedestrians alike) that our own designs for the area have rung a positive note in your imaginations.
Yet we were still amazed by the turnout for yesterday’s ride: it's not every day that over two thousand Londoners turn up to support a vision for people-friendly streets.
Thinking about it, we shouldn't be surprised at all, because it's not us telling you that that TfL’s plans for Blackfriars Bridge won’t solve the big safety issues – it’s you who are telling us.
You’ve told us loud and clear that you, your friends and your family desperately want the choice to cycle in and out of the city without taking your life in your hands.
You’ve told us that you want Blackfriars to be a flagship development, fit for a world-class 21st century city, not an ugly relic of the past where only motor traffic matters.
We share these beliefs, so where next?
The first thing that must happen is for the Mayor to recognise the strength of public opinion, as well as the cross-party consensus, all of which is telling him and Transport for London to think again.
We've given TfL the ideal launch pad by positively reinterpreting its own double T-junction design, so there's no excuse...
If a new design can’t be put in place next week (we recognise the station needs to open on time), then there MUST be a commitment to take action very soon.
Every candidate standing for next year’s mayoral candidate must commit to giving Londoners a safe and attractive Blackfriars as a top priority during the next mayoralty.
Blackfriars is the beginning
Throughout the summer, we've been keen to emphasise that the campaign over Blackfriars is part of a bigger, more widespread push for a people-friendly London.
And in the New Year, the London Cycling Campaign will be officially launching our Go Dutch campaign, voted for by our members, which will be pressing all the mayoral candidates to take London along the pathway towards safe and convenient cycling, and a truly people-friendly urban environment.
This means addressing every bad junction and every busy road, so they're safe and convenient for Londoners of all ages and experiences who want to cycle.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be fleshing out the principles for what this means for London’s main roads, and in the New Year we’ll be publishing more exciting graphics and designs, showing what fantastic public spaces so many major locations in London could be.
Will you join us?
The best thing you can do to support our work is join us.
We're a membership charity, and it was our members who financed our impressive vision for Blackfriars.
Our members also gave us the resources to make these Blackfriars 'flashride' protests happen.
We ask you to support us now to give us the strength London's cyclists need in 2012 and beyond...
Chief executive, London Cycling Campaign
ps Let’s thank the London Assembly Members from all political parties who've publicly backed this cause. They've stood up for ordinary Londoners, so ‘well done’ for that.
pps Thanks to Ben B for the photos, plus two more from Ian Jones