Cyclists hold 'die-in' safety stunt

Cyclists hold 'die-in' safety stunt

A 1,000-plus army of concerned cyclists blocked a central London road with a 15-minute "die-in" to demand action from those who lay down the law on road safety.

The Stop Killing Cyclists protest outside the Transport for London (TfL) headquarters on Blackfriars Road, Southwark, on Friday night was held to highlight the dangers faced by cyclists, after six were killed while riding on the streets of the capital last month.

Some riders lay on the road with their bikes while others lit candles in tribute to the cyclists who have recently lost their lives in London.

Protest organiser Donnachadh McCarthy, 54, said the group was employing tactics used in a similar campaign in the Netherlands. He said they would follow the Dutch example until the capital's roads are safe for cyclists.

Mr McCarthy asked the group of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists to flash their lights in memory of all those killed and injured on the roads in the last eight years. He said Londoners are "fed up" of being killed and demanded a "modern, European, safe cycling network".

He called on the TfL to spend £600 million a year on safety measures to allow children and pensioners to cycle around the capital in safety.

Copyright Press Association 2013