King's Cross protest next Monday against TfL removal of pedestrian crossings

Road safety and cycling campaigners to highlight dangers to vulnerable road users

by Simon_MacMichael   January 6, 2012  

Pedestrian Crossing red man (picture Dominc's pics, Flickr, Creative Commons CC BY 2.0)

Cycling and road safety campaigners will be joined by the Green Party’s mayoral candidate Jenny Jones on Monday evening to protest against the policies of Transport for London (TfL) that they insist are putting vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians at risk.

The protest, which starts at 6pm on the evening of Monday 9 January, starts 6pm at the junction of York Way and Pentonville Road where 24-year-old student Deep Lee was killed by a lorry in October last year.

After her death, TfL was accused of having failed to act upon a report that it had itself commissioned that made a series of recommendations regarding safety at the junction in question, although that was primarily focused on pedestrians.

Shortly before Christmas, TfL announced a strategic review of the junction, which was also the site of a candlelit vigil attended by the families and friends of some of the 16 cyclists killed on the capital’s roads last year.

Next Monday’s protest follows news that TfL is removing pedestrian crossings at various locations in London, as well as reducing the time available for those on foot to cross the road safely.

According to the website of the accesible transport campaign group Transport for All, so far TfL has removed six crossings and is consulting regarding proposals to take away a further 58, in line with Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s much-criticised prioritisation of smoothing traffic flow.

Transport for All maintains that removing the crossings and reducing crossing times puts vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the disabled, cyclists and children disproportionately at risk, but points out that it affects all those seeking to cross the road on foot.

It is calling on Mr Johnson to halt the programme of removal of crossings until full consultation has been carried out with disabled people living close to the locations affected, and is also pressing for a full investigation of “the risks and inconvenience to all pedestrians.”

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The saying goes: "even a worm will turn".

Is this the beginning of the real fight-back? Are we seeing the birth of our own version, 40 years late, of "Stop der kindermoord"?

posted by Paul M [323 posts]
6th January 2012 - 13:19

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@Paul M: tiny correction: "Stop de kindermoord".

["Der" dropped out of general use in the Netherlands somewhere around a century or so ago I think, but still retained in some things like names and titles - and even if it hadn't, still wouldn't have been grammatically correct in this phrase Wink.]

posted by Paul J [667 posts]
6th January 2012 - 13:38

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Err, so TfL has recognised that the King's Cross area presents a serious safety problem for vulnerable road users following a series of fatal accidents. And the response from TfL is to remove existing provision for vulnerable roader users?

OldRidgeback

posted by OldRidgeback [2288 posts]
6th January 2012 - 13:41

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Review.

Ignore.

Acknowledge.

Review.

Ignore.

Any word on legal action against TfL? It is failing everyone except motorists.

posted by Coleman [329 posts]
6th January 2012 - 14:58

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OldRidgeback wrote:
Err, so TfL has recognised that the King's Cross area presents a serious safety problem for vulnerable road users following a series of fatal accidents. And the response from TfL is to remove existing provision for vulnerable roader users?

Of course - if they avoid the place completely, how can they be in danger?

Buddha said:

Believe nothing, No matter where you read it,
Or who has said it, Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.

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posted by mad_scot_rider [562 posts]
6th January 2012 - 16:25

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