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Stop Killing Cyclists hold second Islington ‘die-in’ outside town hall

PUBLISHED: 09:55 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 10 November 2017

Cycling activists during the vigil outside Islington Town Hall last night. Picture: Caroline Russell

Cycling activists during the vigil outside Islington Town Hall last night. Picture: Caroline Russell

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Cycling activists held a second “die-in” in the space of two months last night, bringing Upper Street to a standstill as they lay in the middle of the road for five minutes.

Stop Killing Cyclists protested against Islington Council and the borough’s supposed lack of cycling infrastructure.

Held outside the town hall, it doubled as a vigil for Jerome Roussel – who died after a crash in Pentonville Road in May – and followed the action group’s Camden Road “die-in” in September after the August death of Ardian Zagani.

Cycling campaigner and Highbury East Cllr Caroline Russell accused the town hall of having a cycling “blind spot”.

She said after the latest protest: “In a borough where a majority have no access to a car – and many of those that do have cars use them infrequently – it’s shameful so little is being done to fix the traffic dominated hostile roads and make them good places to walk and to ride a bike.”

But Islington transport leader Cllr Claudia Webbe has pointed out Pentonville Road is the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL) and said: “Islington is fully committed to enabling more space for walking and cycling.”

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