Stop The Killing Pratt Street Action

Monday 10th October – Stop The Killing Pratt Street Action.

Following the death of 79 year old Sheila Karsberg at the Notorious Junction of Pratt Street and Camden High Street, the Stop Killing Cyclists Organising Group have decided to hold an action at this junction on Monday 10th October.

Gathering from 17.30 speeches from 18.30 followed by Die in.

1.Camden Council
2. TfL
3. Sadiq Khan
4. CEMEX / HGV operators

1. Complete ban of poor visibility HGV’s
2. Compulsory change to zero Blind Spots cabs
3. Rush hour restrictions for all HGV’s
4. Camden Council require any company operating in Camden to subscribe to CIRAS
5. CEMEX and their subcontractors to subscribe to CIRAS
6. Camden to change the design of dangerous junctions
7. HGV companies to organise route planning and route safety
8. Camden to install the road safety improvements that are currently out for consultation

We are asking people to bring teddy bears in memory of Sheila who used to carry one.

Vigil and Die-In in remembrance of Stephanie Turner

About 200 people laid down beside their bicycles on Bethune Road at Amhurst Park in Hackney last evening as part of a vigil in remembrance of Stephanie Turner, 29, who was killed there last Tuesday. She was the first person on a bicycle killed in 2015 in London, and the 13th in the UK.

Photos and media coverage, plus background information, are here: COVERAGE OF VIGIL AND DIE-IN ON BETHUNE ROAD, HACKNEY


The National Funeral is today!

A message from Donnachadh McCarthy…

Wow! It’s Today!! One of the biggest days of my life to date!! Gulp!!!

The first ever National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence, which I have helped organise, will start today in Bedford Square, assembling from noon for a 1pm start.

A lone piper will lead a horse drawn hearse with a single coffin.

They will be followed by over a thousand protesters, including survivors, victims’ families and a range of grassroots protesters, including pedestrian, cycling, equestrian, motorist, ecological, pensioner, children, health and climate change campaigners. 

It will proceed down a packed Oxford Street, the nation’s premier shopping street, on one of the busiest shopping days in the year! 

The lone coffin will be a stark reminder to those tens of thousands of shoppers of all those who have been killed or maimed or poisoned by the capital’s most dangerous and the world’s most polluted high-street. It must be pedestrianised.

The funeral protest will then proceed to Marble Arch – where in a unique and dramatic tableau, the lone coffin will be placed on a catafalque under the arch and a staged Die-In will take place. The plaza will be filled with people lying down on the ground surrounding the lone coffin.

They/we will be representing the following Pyramid of Death from Traffic Violence over the last decade (2003-12): 

UK Cyclists Killed: 1,233 (DoT) 
UK Pedestrians Killed: 5,787 (DoT)
UK Motorists Killed: 19,293 (DoT) 
UK Patients Killed by Transport Pollution 50,000 (NHS)
UK residents killed through physical inactivity
due to lack of cycling infrastructure (estimated): 400,000 (Prof. Garthwaite, UCL)
Ten Year Total Killings 476,313

This is the equivalent of the population of Manchester!

Globally Killed due to Climate Crisis Emissions including traffic emissions 4,000,000 (UN) (ten years) 

Total Cyclists killed seriously injured or injured 198,000
Total Pedestrians killed, seriously injured or injured 298,300
Total Motorists killed, seriously injured or injured 1,913,502
Total killed, seriously injured or injured on UK Roads 2,409,802

This is the equivalent of the entire populations being injured or killed of Birmingham (1.1 million), Glasgow (0.6), Cardiff (0.3) and Manchester (0.5) combined!

The coffin will also represent hundreds of thousands more living with terrible cancer, heart disease, lung diseases, diabetes and all the other terrible disabilities resulting from our lethal traffic culture. 

And then we will have a rally hearing from these grassroots protesters, survivors, and victims’ families.

But we are not there just to pay respect to the dead, the maimed and those living with terrible diseases, we will be there to make our 10 Demands on our governments of all parties, who have so far failed to protect our lives and our health by adopting a policy of UK streets fit for humans.

Our 10 Demands are:

1. Stop the Killing of Children – set up national multi-billion pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones to abolish dangerous rat-runs.

2. Stop the Killing of Pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianisation of our city and town centres, including the nation’s high-street – Oxford Street.

3. Stop the Killing of Pensioners from excessive speed. Introduce and enforce speed limit of 20 mph on all urban roads, 40 mph on rural roads/lanes and 60 mph on all other trunk roads.

4. Stop the Killing of Cyclists. Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years. 

5. Stop the Killing without liability – introduce a presumed civil liability law on behalf of vehicular traffic when they kill or seriously injure vulnerable road-users, where there is no evidence blaming the victim.

6. Stop the Killing by HGVs. Ban trucks with blind spots by making safety equipment mandatory and strictly enforce current truck-safety regulations, to reduce levels of illegally dangerous trucks down from estimated 30% to less than 1%.

7. Stop the Killing from Lung, Heart and other Diseases caused by vehicular pollutants. Make it mandatory for particulate filters that meet latest EU emission standards to be fitted to all existing buses, lorries and taxis. 

8. Stop the Killing at Junctions. Introduce pedestrian crossing times long enough for elderly disabled to cross. Legalise filtered junction crossings by cyclists with strict legal priority for pedestrians and carry out urgent programme of physically protected left-hand turns for cyclists.

9. Stop the Killing from CO2 emissions from impacts of the climate crisis. All transport fuels to be from environmentally-sustainable renewable sources within 10 years.

10. Focus on Life! Transport governance must make safety and quality of life the top priority. Reform all council transport departments, the Department of Transport and Transport for London into Cycling, Walking and Transport Departments with formal pedestrian and cyclist representation.

Thanks to everybody who is coming today or who is helping in any way to make today happen.

Yes We Can! 😎 

With love 

Donnachadh and all in the Stop The Killing Coalition and Stop Killing Cyclists Team x

Direct Action Protest along Oxford Street on Saturday 15 November

180x180 Profile Picture redThe direct-action protest called The National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence is taking place along Oxford Street on Saturday, November 15, 2014 from noon.  It ends at Marble Arch with a rally and Die-In.

In the 1970s, a series of Die-Ins under the banner Stop De Kindermoord‘ (stop the child murder) lead the government of The Netherlands to introduce a road infrastructure that caters for people, whether they choose to drive, cycle or walk.

Fred Smith, a co-organiser with the Stop the Killing coalition said:

“The UK’s road network is not fit for purpose. We need to end the culture of acceptance which surrounds traffic-violence and unite road users of all kinds from across the country to create positive human-friendly roads and public-spaces in Britain.”

People will follow a horse-drawn hearse that will be carrying an empty coffin that represents all the unknown victims of traffic violence.
People will follow a horse-drawn hearse that will be carrying an empty coffin that represents all the unknown victims of the UK’s roads.

The march starts at Bedford Square (near the British Museum) and proceeds along Oxford Street, following a horse-drawn hearse with an empty coffin that symbolically represents all the unknown victims who have lost or had their lives destroyed on UK’s roads through:

  • Traffic Crash Violence
  • Death from traffic air-pollution
  • Obesity related deaths through fear of walking or cycling
  • The millions dying worldwide as a result of climate change.

There are 10 Demands being put to local and national governments:

  1. Stop the Killing of Children
  2. Stop the Killing of Pedestrians
  3. Stop the Killing of Pensioners from excessive speed.
  4. Stop the Killing of Cyclists.
  5. Stop the Killing by HGVs. 
  6. Stop the Killing without liability.
  7. Stop the Killing from Lung, Heart and other Diseases caused by vehicular pollutants.
  8. Stop the Killing at Junctions. 
  9. Stop the Killing from CO2 emissions from impacts of the climate crisis.
  10. Focus on Life! Transport governance must make safety and quality of life the top priority.

YouTube: Watch the videos at and
Twitter: #NationalFuneral and @StopKillingCycl
Facebook: NATIONAL FUNERAL (event listing) and STOP KILLING CYCLISTS (discussion group)

Other Die-Ins arranged by Stop Killing Cyclists took place over the past year at:

Transport to National Funeral From West Midlands

A Facebook page has been set up in order for those thinking of going to the National Funeral in London from the West Midlands to discuss/ arrange transport – book train spaces on bikes, car shares, coaches etc.

Members can post any train or coach offers they see there and can offer any car shares.

Click: EVENT PAGE ON FACEBOOK (West Midlands) 

We want as many to turn up as possible and hopefully Event pages like this will help those who are unsure about transport. Anyone interested in setting up an event in their area, please get in touch!

The Never Ending Link

The Neverending Link by George Holland
The Neverending Link, created by George Holland for people to wear at his father’s funeral in 2012.

The Never Ending Link pictured here, which is made up of 4 pieces of a bicycle chain, was created by George Holland of London as a way to remember his dad Rob Jefferies.

Sadly, Rob was run over and killed in 2012 whilst out for a cycle ride. George handed out a Never Ending Link as a broach to wear at Rob’s funeral.

George said,

I thought the Never Ending Link could be a good pin for raising awareness.

The London Boroughs: Saving Lives or Saving Pounds?

Report by Will Nickell, on behalf of the Stop the Killing coalition

2nd April 2014

Introduction and methodology

During a 2-week period in November 2013, six cyclists lost their lives in road traffic collisions through London. This prompted many groups, both from the government and civil society sectors, to question the state of cycling and cycling infrastructure in the capital. This report has been produced from primary research into the infrastructure standards and spending of all local councils operating in London, including the City of London. The questions asked included levels of spending since the last set of local elections on the 5th of May 2010, the distance of cycling infrastructure separated from the main carriageway by a hard divider such as a kerb and the levels of planned spending for the upcoming 2014/15 financial year. The questionnaire was made in the format of Freedom of Information requests, submitted at the end of January 2014, to all 32 London borough councils and the Common Council of the City of London. At the time of writing on 23 March 2014, the following councils had failed to successfully respond to the request: Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kingston-upon-Thames, Newham and Waltham Forest. The results of this research, from the councils who did respond, paint a concerning picture.


The first 2 questions asked about the distance of segregated infrastructure, as described above, and the percentage of the total road network under the council’s control that this constituted. Greenwich Borough Council claimed responsibility for 6.5 kilometres of segregated cycling infrastructure within their borough, meaning that out of the council’s that responded, Greenwich has the highest absolute distance. However, the figure of 6.5km constitutes only 1.2% of their total roading infrastructure. By contrast, the following councils have zero segregated cycling infrastructure: Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Haringey, Havering, Hounslow, Lambeth, Richmond upon Thames, Tower Hamlets & Wandsworth. Croydon and Southwark councils failed to provide the information for this question. The average distance of segregated cycleways, for those councils who did respond, is 1.05km.

In terms of percentage, Camden Borough Council state that 1.63% of their roading infrastructure consists of segregated cycleways, giving them the highest percentage. The average percentage of segregated cycleways for those councils who did respond with appropriate information is 0.39%.

Questions 3 and 4 related to the spending by councils on such segregation since the last set of local elections, which were held in May 2010. Bromley and Southwark councils responded to the freedom of information request, but failed to answer these questions. Only 2 councils that responded claimed to have spent any money on segregated cycleways since the last election; Croyden and Ealing, spending £320,000 and £400,000 respectively. All other responding councils who provided information for this question stated that they had spent nothing at all since the last election, meaning that the spreadsheet where this information was collated was left with a large series of zeroes running through the middle. Given the large number of councils who have spent no money on segregated cycleways in the 4 years since the last election, the average spend works out to be just under £27,700 per council, or £180,000 per year across all areas under local borough control.

Whilst the sums of £320,000 and £400,000 may appear to be a reasonable sum of money, these transpire to be only 3.1% and 2% of the council’s total transport spending for the given time period. With so many councils responding to these questions stating they had spent nothing, the average percentage spend is only 0.2%.

Questions 5 and 6 were asked with regard to the predicted spending by councils on segregated cycleways for the 2014/15 financial year, which begins in April. Some councils stated that the budget was yet to be decided and thus they could not give an accurate figure for their predicted spending. These councils were: Bexley, Brent, Croydon, Ealing, Haringey, Islington, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond-upon-Thames, Southwark and Westminster. The following councils stated that they had not budgeted any money to create safe cycling infrastructure; Bromley, Camden, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, City of London, Redbridge, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth. Only Barking & Dagenham, Barnet and Hounslow stated that they are intending to spend any money on such infrastructure, with sums of £750,000, £400,000 and £200,000 budgeted respectively. The average spend per responding council equates to £79,500.

The figures above are equivalent to 34%, 11% and 9% respectively. None of these councils had spent any money on such infrastructure from the local elections until the date of response, thus it remains to be seen whether these pledges are fulfilled.

Question 7 was the last question that could be answered qualitatively. It asked councils for the percentage of roads under their control which have 20 miles per hour speed limits. The following councils failed to provide information for this question; Croydon, Havering and Hillingdon. The following councils provided some information, but stated that it was up to the person asking the freedom of information request questions to do the research themselves: Richmond-upon-Thames, Southwark and Wandsworth.

There is a wide variation in the levels of provision for 20mph limits across the different councils. Kensington & Chelsea have not implemented a single 20mph limit according to their response, whereas Camden and Islington both have all roads under their control set at 20mph.


The responses above would appear to indicate that the majority of London’s local councils simply do not take the needs and safety of cyclists seriously. In some areas of the city, over half of morning commutes are now conducted on a bicycle, however safe cycleways only constitute 1.63% of the road surface is the highest performing borough.

The average person would apply the logic that with an increasing number of the population of London using the bicycle as their transport of choice, and given that the number of cycling deaths and serious injuries are increasing whilst the same rates for other road users are declining dramatically, further spending on safe cycleway provision must be advanced without haste. However, less than 10% of local authorities in London are intending to make any progress on this during the upcoming financial year.

Without such spending, it remains only a matter of time until the next cycling death. Deaths that will be the blood on the hands of those running London’s local authorities. At the time of writing, London has already witnessed 2 deaths since the new year. How many more deaths and serious injuries will the borough councils allow to happen to their residents?


Waltham Forest Borough Council were the only authority to respond to the request stating that, whilst they hold the information, they will not be providing it as they believe it would cost them more than the £450 statutory limit. An internal review of this decision has been requested.

Southwark Borough Council responded to the request, but for questions 1-6 stated that they did not record the necessary information to be able to answer the questions. For question 7, regarding 20mph limits, the response from the council was that we could gather the information from their website and put it together ourselves. With exception to Croydon, Southwark were the only council to claim not to know how much money they had spent on safe cycling infrastructure since the last local elections.

Harrow Borough Council attempted to send a response to the request, however the file format would not open on any computer. A different format was requested in February 2014, however no response or acknowledgement to this request has been received at the time of writing.

Newham Borough Council sent a reply near to the deadline stating that they would be late delivering the results. They are the only council that has not replied at the time of writing to send such a notification.

Aside from the above-mentioned councils, responses are still be waited for from Hammersmith & Fulham Borough Council and Kingston-upon-Thames Borough Council. No contact has been received from either council either explaining their delay or when a response can be expected.

The questions posed through the Freedom of Information act and the answers received are in the appendix: click HERE.

The press release associated with this report is HERE.

Information about the #WallOfDeath protest organised to present this report and its conclusions on 2 April 2014 is HERE.

References and Resources

A collection of evidence, references, resources and other things related to campaigning for a safer environment to travel about in.


Reports, Parliament

Department for Transport



Regional and Local

How The Best Do It:

This & That:

  • Knowledge Base — Cycling Embassy of Great Britain
  • RoSPA — The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
  • Road Safety GB — represents local authority road safety teams
  • EuroRAP — European road assessment programme
  • Sustrans — a world in which people choose to travel in ways that benefit their health and the environment
  • Road Danger Reduction Forum — safer roads for all
  • Road Safety Analysis — social enterprise, not-for-profit company; aka MAST Online
  • CycleHelmets — evidence about effectiveness of bicycle helmets
  • PACTS — Parliamentary advisory council for transport safety
  • Phil Jones Associates — transport planning consultants, key member of team that created ‘Manual for Streets’

Consultation Response – London Lorry Control

d1sideguardThe campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists has submitted the response below to the consultation by London Councils about the London Lorry Control scheme. You can read about the consultation HERE.

“While we welcome improved mirrors and mandatory side bars, in light of the significant danger posed by lorries to vulnerable road users more needs to be done.

It is not acceptable that lorries with ANY blind spots are driven around the streets of London – this will inevitably lead to road deaths.

Therefore we are calling for blind spots to be completely eliminated by the mandatory use of CCTV cameras, in addition to mandatory ‘turning left’ audio warnings.

Lorry drivers only be able to fulfil their responsibility to drive safely if they can see where their back wheels are going. Audio warnings would enable cyclists to know when to give lorries space and also enable them to do their bit to avoid potential accidents.”

Letter – TfL, Cycling Commissioner January 2014 Agreements Follow-up

(this letter is referenced in Stop Killing Cyclists’ press release HERE)

22nd January 2014

To:  Mr Andrew Gilligan (Cycling Commissioner and Mr Leon Daniels (CEO Transport for London)

c/o Palestra Building
Blackfriars Road

From: Donnachadh McCarthy & Stephen Routley
Co-founders Stop Killing Cyclists


Dear Mr. Gilligan and Mr. Daniels,

Re:   Meeting with Stop Killing Cyclists on 21st January 2014


Thank you for the time you spent with us for yesterday’s discussion – it was much appreciated.

We collectively thought it was a forthright and constructive exchange.

We appreciate that you did not have much time to review the Briefing Paper (Attachment 1) we sent you prior to the meeting and we were pleased with your engaged response.  Regarding the Stop Killing Cyclists List of Demands  we presented to Mr. Daniels on 29 November 2013 (also found in Attachment 1), we were pleased with your agreement to act on the following:


Cyclist & Pedestrian Representation on TfL Board

Andrew agreed to ask Mayor of London to include cyclist and pedestrian representatives on the TfL Board


The Boroughs and Cycling

Andrew agreed to consider the potential for an annual survey of cycling provision in each of London’s 32 Boroughs. This would facilitate an objective comparison of cycling provision in each Borough and provide a useful information course for safety campaigners in the individual boroughs.

Stop Killing Cyclists undertake to consult with our 1,600 members and submit some suggested criteria in time for the next meeting.


Oxford St and Crossrail

Leon agreed to include provision for cycling in the terms of reference for the study being conducted to consider changes in that street’s layout and function as a result of Crossrail’s opening in 2018.

TfL to ensure that any terms of reference for this consultant will consult with cycling and pedestrian groups as part of this study, to ensure that its consultations on the option of closing Oxford Street  to vehicular traffic includes the potential for making Oxford Street a pedestrian/cycling major hub.

We would welcome if TfL could seek to provide a categoric response over which agency – it or Westminster Council- serves as the primary legal highway authority for Oxford Street, taking into account the powers vested in the Transport Management Act 2004 which gave TfL powers (a) to stop the Westminster City Council from exercising powers in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Highways Act 1980 and (b) the Secretary of State for Transport powers to designate a network of Strategic Roads in London which he exercised and included Haymarket, Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Strand.


New Planning Applications along Cycle Superhighway Routes

Andrew agreed that a mechanism was needed to ensure any planning applications (in addition to the major projects that are already referred to the Mayor’s Office) that are submitted along the routes of the Cycle Superhighway, do not negatively impact on current or future designated superhighways.

Ideally any planning applications along the routes would need to be referred automatically by the Boroughs to the Mayor to comment on whether they provided adequate space for the superhighways.

Stop Killing Cyclists agreed to submit such a proposal to the consultation on the new London Plan. But we would also welcome the Cycling Commissioner considering if any action can be urgently undertaken in the meantime to ensure more disastrous decisions are not taken by the boroughs along the Superhighway routes.


Junctions along Superhighways

Stop Killing Cyclists raised the important issue of how junctions along the routes of the superhighways are dealt with. We believe there appears to be very little thought currently given to the safe entry and exits from the blue lanes. We would welcome a response to how this can be remedied urgently for the already installed and planned Superhighways at the follow-up meeting.



Andrew referred to the surveys carried out into Londoners attitudes to cycling.  SKC seeks to represent the interests also of the large percentage of Londoners who wish to cycle but are currently too frightened to do so.

We would welcome future surveys to ask how many people would like to cycle regularly if a safe cycle lane network was installed and other such questions asking what would be the key actions that would encourage them to cycle regularly or allow their children to cycle.


Training Provision on Dutch Standards for the Boroughs

SKC suggested that the Boroughs be offered pro-actively by TfL, training schemes for their traffic engineers/planners/lead councillors in Go Dutch Standards and philosophy which puts the expected actions of a range of road-users (from good to bad) at the heart of the design process.

We would welcome a response to this suggestion at the next meeting.
Follow Up Meeting / Cycle Planning Disasters Tour

We will send a separate invite to our Cycle Planning Disasters Tour on the 8th February.

Both AG and LD agreed to a follow up meeting to discuss the Stop Killing Cyclists Demands that were not covered at the meeting.

We are grateful for your willingness to have a results-focussed dialogue with Stop Killing Cyclists.

Please liaise with Donnachadh to agree a date.
We look forward to our next meeting within two months.


Yours sincerely,
Donnachadh McCarthy
Stephen Routley

Co-founders Stop Killing Cyclists

CC:  Will Nickell, Betty Farnum, Tom Kearney (Stop Killing Cyclists), Stop Killing Cyclists Membership List

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