Adding the voices of its large following to those of traditional campaign organisations such as the CTC and London Cycling Campaign, social media protest group Stop Killing Cyclists has met with Transport for London bosses to put across calls for a safer London road environment.
Leon Daniels, Transport for London’s CEO for surface transport, and Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor’s cycling commissioner met with representatives of Stop Killing Cyclists on Tuesday.
The group’s co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy described the meeting as “challenging, constructive and forthright”.
On the group’s Facebook page, he said: “We made a compehensive presentation of the problems/issues as we saw them and then we got down to going through the list of SKC demands.
“Whilst there was a fundamental disagreement about the capacity to invest the money Stop Killing Cyclists is demanding be spent, there was quite a lot of agreement re some of the problems and a number of specific actions were agreed.”
Among the points thrashed out between Stop Killing Cyclists and Messrs Daniels and Gilligan were:
Stop Killing Cyclists was founded last year by Donnachadh McCarthy and Stephen Routley to organise a “die-in” protest outside Transport for London headquarters to commemorate the six cyclists killed in a nine-day period in November of last year.
The group’s demands include: 10 percent of TfL’s annual budget being spent on cycling infrastructure until a safe cycling network is completed; two cycling representatives on the TfL board; boroughs to also spend 10 percent of their transport budgets on cycling facilities; 20mph speed limits on all London streets.
Donnachadh McCarthy said: “There are some large boulders to be removed from the route to get the safe cycling and walking London that Stop Killing Cyclists wants urgently for London’s children, pensioners and the vulnerable.
“But this meeting starts the process of levering them out of the way. With 15,000 Londoners killed or seriously injured whilst walking or cycling or travelling on our roads since 2008, London’s transport system is clearly not fit for purpose.”
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.