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Demanding road safety for cyclists: campaigners from across London gather for “die-in” protest

Demanding road safety for cyclists: campaigners from across London gather for “die-in” protest

Demonstrators drew attention to cycling safety on London’s roads at a “die-in” vigil last night, when over 1,000 people lay down in the streets with their bikes in peaceful protest. Campaigners are calling for more money to be spent on cycling safety in London, following the 14 deaths which have happened on…

Met Police launch plan to combat cycling fatalities

Met Police launch plan to combat cycling fatalities

A new road safety operation has been launched by the Metropolitan Police as Lewisham cycling campaigners call for officials to shift their focus onto motorists to combat London’s recent cycling fatalities. The group’s proposals came last week in the wake of Boris Johnson’s controversial comments about cyclists who listen to…

Thames Water ‘super sewer’ threatens Deptford landmarks

Thames Water ‘super sewer’ threatens Deptford landmarks

Council representatives and Deptford residents have presented their objections to a proposed ‘super sewer’ that will disrupt a Lewisham school, church and green at a public hearing. Thursday morning’s hearing took place as part of the Planning Inspectorate’s ongoing examination of Thames Water’s application to build a 25km long sewage…

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

Croydon kids: Park the car! Let’s walk and ride

A teacher from a Croydon primary school has explained the methods that led them to win a gold TfL award for cutting car use and promoting more environmentally friendly modes of travel Rockmount Primary, in Upper Norwood, was awarded a gold standard in TfL’s ‘Sustainable Travel: Active, Responsible, Safe’ scheme…

Air Ambulance lands in Lewisham after road incident

Air Ambulance lands in Lewisham after road incident

An Air Ambulance landed in Lewisham town centre on Tuesday afternoon to attend to a woman who was hit by a truck. Emergency services were called at 1:45pm, shortly after the collision occurred on the junction of Lewisham Road and Granville Park. The woman, believed to be in her 60s,…

Elderly Londoners: “Give us Time to Cross”

Elderly Londoners: “Give us Time to Cross”

Part of what makes London such an enticing city is its energetic pace. However, for many elderly residents, the speed of London life is a cause for fear and anxiety. This week’s launch of the ‘Give us Time to Cross’ campaign by the Westminster Living Streets Group has brought the…

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that headphone wearing cyclists contribute to deaths enrages campaigners

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that headphone wearing cyclists contribute to deaths enrages campaigners

Boris Johnson has enraged London cycling campaigners by suggesting that cyclists should be prohibited from wearing headphones. The Mayor made his comments to BBC London 94.9 on Tuesday morning, reaffirming his controversial view that any infrastructure solutions could not make London’s roads safer. Johnson went on to criticise cyclists wearing…

Lewisham commuters share their travel experiences

Lewisham commuters share their travel experiences

Londoners have the longest commutes of anyone in the United Kingdom, according to figures highlighted by the TUC last week. According to the study, the average commuting time for those in the capital is 75.2 minutes of travel time per day. EastLondonLines spoke to workers and residents travelling through Lewisham,…

Boris Johnson, after fifth cycle death: no infrastructure improvements can save the lives of London’s cyclists

Boris Johnson, after fifth cycle death: no infrastructure improvements can save the lives of London’s cyclists

Mayor Boris Johnson has come under attack for comments which disregard the growing pressure for an immediate and independent review of the city’s cycling safety laws following the death of five cyclists in nine days. Johnson stated cyclists needed to obey the laws of the road adding: “There’s no amount…

Locals speak about cycling dangers and fatalities

Locals speak about cycling dangers and fatalities

Following Thursday morning’s tragic news of London’s fifth cycling death in the last nine days, ELL reporters have been out on the streets of New Cross getting the reaction of locals. We asked them how they feel about the recent fatalities, the city’s cycling infrastructure and what can be done…