Hammersmith Bridge: safe-speed flashride

  • From: 10:30am 02 Jun 2012
  • To: 12:30pm 02 Jun 2012
  • Event type: Event
  • Contact: Charles Barraball 287 West Barnes Lane, New Malden Surrey KT3 6JE 020 8949 0708 land / 075 900 77 44 5 mobile
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Off road: No

Hammersmith & Fulham Cycling Campaign are inviting cyclists to join a peaceful protest on Hammersmith Bridge on Saturday 2 June 2012, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The protest, organised after another lucky escape for a cyclist this week, is calling for the speed limit to be reduced from 30mph to 20mph to reduce the danger for cyclists.

Groups of volunteer cyclists will cross the bridge at intervals, at a safe speed to calm traffic, and to help other people on bikes to cross the bridge safely.

If you ever cycle across Hammersmith Bridge, you'll know how frightening it can be, especially for inexperienced, younger or elderly cyclists, but even for those who've ridden in London frequently

Earlier this week, a young lady on a bike narrowly escaped serious injury after a car tried to overtake her on the narrow bridge, causing a three-way collision involving her and two cars.

The lady, who has cycled in London for a long time, was very lucky to walk away unhurt, despite being pinned against one of the bridge supports by a car.

Serious incidents and near misses are too frequent on this bridge, and H&F and LCC are calling for 20mph speed limit here, and on all central London bridges.
Saturdays protest event will highlight this fact, as well as providing safe passage for cyclists on the day.
Please join in...
10.30am at the observation platform at the end of Queen Caroline Street, almost under Hammersmith Bridge, and next to the river path. Hopefully marking the weekend in this way will lead to a brighter future.

A guided feeder ride will leave 287 West Barnes Lane, New Malden KT3 6JE at 9:30am, riding through Richmond Park (contact Charles 07500 077445).

This post was edited by London Cycling Campaign at 06:20pm 20 Nov 2012.

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