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


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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  • Maybe if cyclists didn't jump red lights and followed the highway code like every other road user has to, we would see a a big fall in the amount of serious and fatal accidents, any fool can buy a bike and use it on the road without any understanding of the highway code, there should be compolsiry basic training and insurance before anyone is allowed to cycle on the road, this I'm sure would see a massive reduction in the number of accidents, stop blaming other road users and start taking responsibility for your own actions, follow the same rules of the road that every other road user has to abide by, instead of thinking that the rules don't apply to you.

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    Jonathan Welch

    Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • I am all for safety of ALL two wheel users in Islington and across London. Maybe it's time for law abiding motorcycle and scooter riders to have a die-in as we as a group suffer far higher KSL (Killed and Seriously Injured) rates on London's roads than cyclists, whilst not benefiting from the vast amounts of money TfL and the Mayor of London have thrown at cycling.

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    Paul Devall

    Thursday, November 9, 2017

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