“The current Policy of TfL supports the unnecessary use of motor vehicles, and prioritises the speed and volume of motor traffic over the health, safety, and ease of movement of the community as a whole,” said the leaflet.
The direct action was being taken because “years of polite lobbying has got us nowhere”. The organisers explained “we have come together to attempt, non-violently, to calm the traffic at Kings Cross for an hour this evening”.
The protest was good-natured and police and community support officers escorted the demonstrators along the road. At times officers had to intervene to tell car, motorbike and lorry drivers to “calm down” as they impatiently tried to push through the mass of cyclists and pedestrians.
As expected, Green candidate for London Mayor Jenny Jones cycled with the protesters to show her support.
One of the demonstrators spoke to Fitzrovia News about why he was there.
And video of demonstration:
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The Bikes Alive demonstration comes soon after last year’s Tour du Danger organised by Cyclists in the City.