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GENERAL ELECTION: Double Labour / Tory HQs – #10%by2020 Stop Killing Cyclists Protests and Die-Ins !!

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GENERAL ELECTION:

Double Labour / Tory HQs –
#10%by2020 Stop Killing Cyclists Protests and Die-Ins !!

What: Stop Killing Cyclists are staging 2 protests and Die-Ins outside the Headquarters of the Labour & Tory Parties, demanding that they increase investment in the UK’s national protected cycling infrastructure and walking to 10% of the transport budget by 2020.
Where:  Labour HQ, 105 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E
Tory HQ, 4 Matthew Parker Street, Westminster SW1H
When: Friday 21st May Labour Party Protest/Die-In
 Friday 28th May Tory Party Protest/Die In.
From 5pm to 6.45pm both days.
Protest will feature protesters in gas masks.
This will symbolise the thousands of UK children, whose lungs are being stunted from living on traffic polluted streets or attending polluted schools.
Both protests will include our signature Die-Ins, where protesters will lie down on the road outside the Party HQs, representing the tens of thousands of people who have died from transport pollution and inactivity diseases due to lack of protected cycle lanes under recent Tory, Tory/Lib-Dem and Labour governments.

Please bring gas or pollution masks.

Stop Killing Cyclists co-organiser Alex Raha said:

Air pollution is poisoning millions of people in the UK, whilst traffic carbon emissions are contributing to the climate emergency. Road danger means most people do not feel safe cycling on UK roads, which means they lack life-saving physical exercise”
He added: There is now an urgent health crisis which is costing the NHS billions. It is now crucial that our national cycling infrastructure gets its fair share of national infrastructure investment.”
Co-organiser Dr Ruth-anna McQueen and cycling mother added:
It is unacceptable in a supposedly free society that parents are afraid to allow their kids to cycle to school. It is even more unfair that our children’s lungs are being stunted from being in polluted schools. All political parties must now commit to invest the money needed to protect the public when cycling.”
Cycling and walking are crucial to creating a healthy and sustainable UK, urgently addressing the obesity, inactivity, transport pollution, health and climate emergencies.
Successive governments have lethally underfunded active travel and current spending plans would further reduce the cycling infrastructure budget to less than £1 per person in England – This compares with the Dutch investment of about £24 per person per year.
The government must urgently commit to radically increasing the funding for cycling from the current less than 2%, to 10% by 2020.
This needs to then increase to 20% of the transport budget by 2025, according to the UN.
This would equate to about £1.3 billion per year by 2020 and about £3 billion by the UN deadline in 2025.
This is a modest amount when one compares it to the £27.5 billion being spent on just one new suburban commuter railway in London, but would protect people on roads all over the country and not just commuters in one part of London.
The protest welcomes pedestrians, parents, elderly, motorists, taxi/bus drivers, children, asthmatics etc., as pollution and inactivity diseases caused by lack of cycling infrastructure is causing ill-health to all sections of society.

The Die-In on 21st May will be dedicated to the memory of prominent octogenarian cycling campaigner and Stop Killing Cyclists member Londoner Bryan Stout, who was tragically killed by an inebriated driver in Spain in April 2017.

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Press spokesperson Donnachadh McCarthy: Mobile 07947 884299

Notes to Editors:
A. Full list of protest demands:
1. Fair funding for cycling: * Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years. (Dutch £24 per person x 64 million (UK pop) x 2 to start catching up on 40 years of failure to invest).
* Invest 10% of Department for Transport Budget by 2020 in safer cycling/walking infrastructure.
2. Ban all non-zero emission private cars from cities on days where pollution levels are predicted to rise above EU safety levels.
3. Ban all diesel-powered vehicles in city-centres within 5 years.
4. Ban all fossil-fuel powered vehicles within city centres within 10 years.
5. Instigate a programme of regular car-free days in England’s major cities, along the model of Paris.
6. Stop the Killing of children – set up a national multi-billion-pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones with an end to dangerous polluting through-routes.
7. Stop the Killing of pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianizing/cyclisation of our city, borough and town centres, including the nation’s high-street – Oxford Street.
8. Allow city councils and TfL to limit the total number of private hire vehicles in their cities and promote the usage of zero emissions pedicabs with legal pedicab stands etc.
B. List of current Government Actions worsening the horrific pollution death toll have included:
  • Increased taxes on cleaner cars
  • Reduced taxes on more polluting cars
  • DfT released proposals to close down local street pollution monitoring
  • UK government lobbied EU to weaken pollution testing standards after VW scandal
  • Despite taxi numbers in London soaring above 100,000, government refusing to allow TfL to regulate taxi numbers in London.
  • Osborne slashed the already miniscule funding for cycling investment to a tiny pathetic 6% of what Dutch are spending, whilst allocating billions more to road-building.
  • Osborne has cut fuel duty at every single budget despite oil prices having fallen by over a third since 2012.
  • Government banned use of camera vehicles by local councils to enforce parking restrictions.
  • They refused to reduce speed limits to 60 mph on M1 and M3 help reduce frequency of EU pollution levels being breached.
  • They have proposed raising speed limit on motorways to 80 mph
  • UK government has been breaking EU road pollution law safety limits since 2010
  • Government found guilty of breaking EU pollution directive by UK Supreme Court in 2015
  • Government plans for London to continue to break EU pollution limits until 2025
  • Government plans for other major UK cities to continue to break EU pollution limits until 2030 e.g. Birmingham & Leeds
  • Government lobbied EU to dilute road pollution laws that it is breaking
  • Chancellor extended first MOT requirement from 3 to 4 years., thus enabling faulty polluting vehicles to be undetected on the roads for yet another year.
C. Full 2016 Royal College of Physicians report on transport pollution death statistics and £20 billion cost to NHS (16% of total cost!) is here:

HM Treasury: 10 by 2020 Stop Killing Cyclists Protest !!


Tragically in the past week Karla Roman, Anita Szucs Ben Wales and an unnamed person have been killed whilst either cycling or walking in London, Stop Killing Cyclists will be holding a vigil and die in to remember them as part of our protest. This highlights the need for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists is now more pressing than ever.

HM Treasury: 10 by 2020 Stop Killing Cyclists Protest !!

What: Stop Killing Cyclists are staging a protest and Die-In outside HM Treasury on Horseguards Parade, demanding that the Chancellor Philip Hammond increases investment in the UK’s national protected cycling infrastructure and walking to 10% of the transport budget by 2020.

Where: Protesters are meeting outside the National Gallery and marching to HM Treasury,1 Horseguards Parade, London, SW1A 2HQ for rally and Die-In.

When: Assembling at National Gallery from 1pm. Rally and Die-In at HM Treasury at 2pm.
Protest will feature children playing in gas masks in front of Hammond’s Treasury.

This will symbolise the thousands of UK children, whose lungs are being stunted from living on traffic polluted streets or attending polluted schools, as well as our signature Die-Ins representing the tens of thousands of people dying from transport pollution and inactivity diseases due to lack of protected cycle lanes.
Please bring gas or pollution masks.
Stop Killing Cyclists spokesperson Caspar Hughes said:
“Air pollution is poisoning millions of people in the UK, whilst traffic carbon emissions are contributing to the climate emergency. Road danger means most people do not feel safe cycling on UK roads, which means they lack life-saving physical exercise”.

He added: “There is now an urgent health crisis which is costing the NHS billions. It is now crucial that our national cycling infrastructure gets its fair share of national infrastructure investment.” 

Cycling and walking are crucial to creating a healthy and sustainable UK. 

Successive governments have lethally underfunded active travel and current spending plans would further reduce the cycling budget to less than £1 per person in England. This compares with the Dutch investment of about £24 per person per year.

The government must urgently commit to radically increasing the funding for cycling and walking to 5% of the 2017 transport budget and to 10% by 2020. 

This funding needs to further increase to 20% of the transport budget – the UN’s recommended minimum for cycling and walking.

The protest welcomes pedestrians, parents, elderly, motorists, taxi/bus drivers, children, asthmatics etc., as pollution and inactivity diseases caused by lack of cycling infrastructure is causing ill-health to all sections of society.

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Press spokesperson Alex Raha: Mobile 07930-928751

 

Notes to Editors:

 

A. Full list of protest demands:
1. Fair funding for cycling: * Invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years. (Dutch £24 per person x 64 million (UK pop) x 2 to start catching up on 40 years of failure to invest).
* Invest 10% of Department for Transport Budget by 2020 in safer cycling/walking infrastructure.

2. Ban all non-zero emission private cars from cities on days where pollution levels are predicted to rise above EU safety levels.

3. Ban all diesel-powered vehicles in city-centres within 5 years.

4. Ban all fossil-fuel powered vehicles within city centres within 10 years.

5. Instigate a programme of regular car-free days in England’s major cities, along the model of Paris.

6. Stop the Killing of children – set up a national multi-billion-pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones with an end to dangerous polluting through-routes.

7. Stop the Killing of pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianizing/cyclisation of our city, borough and town centres, including the nation’s high-street – Oxford Street.

8. Allow city councils and TfL to limit the total number of private hire vehicles in their cities and promote the usage of zero emissions pedicabs with legal pedicab stands etc.

B. List of Government Actions worsening the horrific pollution death toll have included:
Increased taxes on cleaner cars
Reduced taxes on more polluting cars
DfT released proposals to close down local street pollution monitoring
UK government lobbied EU to weaken pollution testing standards after VW scandal
Despite taxi numbers in London soaring above 100,000, government refusing to allow TfL to regulate taxi numbers in London.
Osborne slashed the already miniscule funding for cycling investment to a tiny pathetic 6% of what Dutch are spending, whilst allocating billions more to road-building.
Osborne has cut fuel duty at every single budget despite oil prices having fallen by over a third since 2012.
Government banned use of camera vehicles by local councils to enforce parking restrictions.
They refused to reduce speed limits to 60 mph on M1 and M3 help reduce frequency of EU pollution levels being breached.
They have proposed raising speed limit on motorways to 80 mph
UK government has been breaking EU road pollution law safety limits since 2010
Government found guilty of breaking EU pollution directive by UK Supreme Court in 2015
Government plans for London to continue to break EU pollution limits until 2025
Government plans for other major UK cities to continue to break EU pollution limits until 2030 e.g. Birmingham & Leeds
Government lobbied EU to dilute road pollution laws that it is breaking
Chancellor extended first MOT requirement from 3 to 4 years., thus enabling faulty polluting vehicles to be undetected on the roads for yet another year.
C. Full 2016 Royal College of Physicians report on transport pollution death statistics and £20 billion cost to NHS (16% of total cost!) is here:

 

https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution?token=EAp84pJk

 

 

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.

Details: PROGRAMME and FEEDER RIDES
YouTube: Watch the videos at http://goo.gl/v3KRtz and http://goo.gl/OEG7iM
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!

References and Resources

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


Government:

Reports, Parliament

Department for Transport


Campaigns:

National

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’

Campaigning

Here are some of the campaigning groups and individuals working towards the same goal of reducing (eliminating!) the conflict on the roads that leads to many thousands of people being killed or seriously injured.

 STOP KILLING CYCLISTS - Rory Jackson photo with vertical banner Stop Killing Cyclists (“radical and peaceful”)
RoadPeace logo RoadPeace (national charity for road crash victims)
Space for Cycling Space For Cycling (national; also see London-focused LCC space4cycling)
 The bus stops here - safer oxford street for everyone The Bus Stops Here: A Safer Oxford Street for Everyone
Brake charity logo Brake – the road safety charity

 

Thanks

All that we do is based on volunteering and donations. We thank everyone for their help in support of Stop the Killing and Stop Killing Cyclists. Hopefully you have already been told by others in the group just how much we appreciate your donation of time, experience, supplies, equipment, positive encouragement, and whatever else you bring to the table. Truly: Thank you.