Xmas Vigil at Kings Cross is stark reminder that London's streets must be safe for everyone

A crowd of around 200 concerned Londoners took part in the Xmas Vigil at King's Cross to remember all those who've died on the capital's roads in 2011.

Candles were laid out in the shape of a bicycle, and the names of the 16 cyclists killed this year on London's roads were read out, with tributes also paid to people on foot and motorbike, and motorists who've lost their lives.

Debbie Dorling (pictured above), widow of Brian Dorling, one of the cyclists killed at Bow roundabout this year, joined representatives from the London Cycling Campaign, RoadPeace and Living Streets in calling for Mayor Boris Johnson to address the unacceptable levels of road danger.  

Other friends and families of those who died also attended, including Kenji Hirasawa, partner of Min Joo Lee, the cyclist killed at Kings Cross in October 2011.

Sara Gookooluk, widow of motorcyclist Michael Adelman, killed in a crash at Bow this year, also attended the vigil.

The families of Ellie Carey, the cyclist killed in Bermondsey in November, sent a message of support.

LCC trustee Mustafa Arif spoke to the crowd, saying, "Thank you to everyone who've come tonight, particularly the families of those who've lost loved ones."

Mark Ames of the iBikeLondon blog, "Everyone deserves safe access to our city, and 16 deaths by bicycle are 16 deaths too many."

Caroline Russell of Islington Living Streets said, "My thoughts especially are with a friend of mine who's father, Leslie Michaelson, was killed at Kings Cross 14 years ago, knocked off his bike by a skip lorry at the same place where Deep Lee lost her life recently.

Lianna Etkind from disability access group Transport for All said, "Under the insidious label of 'smoothing traffic flow', Transport for London is ripping out pedestrian crossings increasing the risk to everyone."

Attendees at the vigil also included Jenny Jones, Green mayoral candidate, as well as assembly members Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat) and Andrew Boff (Conservative).

Labour's Val Shawcross, deputy chair of the assembly transport committee, sent apologies as she was at another event in Trafalgar Square.

 

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