Roadside vigil at Elephant and Castle this Friday will remember hundreds killed and injured

A roadside vigil will take place on Friday 16 November at 5pm outside the London College of Communication at Elephant and Castle to commemorate those killed on London’s roads in the last year.

The Mayor of London, members of the London Assembly and the leader and councillors of the Borough of Southwark have been invited to attend.

The activity was endorsed by an Emergency Motion at our 2012 AGM passed on Wednesday 14 November 2012:

“This AGM is appalled by the continuing toll of death and injury on London’s roads, afflicting cyclists and all other road users.

LCC trustee and organiser Alastair Hanton said:

"A Day of Action and vigil will take place on Friday 16 November at Elephant & Castle, one of London’s most notorious road danger blackspots.

"It's dreadful and unacceptable that 284 people have been killed or injured on the roads around the Elephant & Castle in the last two and a half years, including 95 cyclists."

Since last Christmas, five people have been killed there, including a five-year-old boy outside his home on St George’s Road last month.

The event is being organised in partnership with Living Streets and RoadPeace.

The motion to the AGM calls on:

  • Transport for London to fulfill the demands set out in the cross-organisational Petition for Safer Roads at the Elephant and Castle;
  • the Mayor of London to fulfill both the letter and spirit of his Love London, Go Dutch election promises and actively intervene to ensure redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle incorporates a flagship walking and cycling scheme
  • urges everyone here at the AGM to sign a copy of petition at the front of the room
  • resolves to seek the active support and participation of LCC members members in the Day of Action.”

The petition reads:

We call on Transport for London to make the main roads in and around the Elephant & Castle safer and

  • introduce enforced 20mph speed limits on all of these roads,
  • improve cycle safety on the Northern Roundabout,
  • create more pedestrian crossings and
  • narrow carriageways on St George’s Road and Newington Causeway.