Saturday, 11 February 2017
The 'Stop Killing Cyclists' campaign group held their '10 by 2020' march to the treasury on Saturday 11th February. The event was also a vigil for the three cyclists killed on London's roads that week and a very poignant statement from the husband of Anita Szucs, who was killed in an apparent hit and run, was read out and the dangers of poor air quality were emphasised alongside that of road safety for both pedestrians and cyclists.
Wheels for Wellbeing is an inclusive cycling charity based in Herne Hill (using the veldrome for all ability sessions) and we are vocal in our support of their work. Abigail Tripp, one of their team, also spoke at the event and we were extremely saddened to hear that she has been severely injured in a cycling accident earlier this year. We wish her a swift recovery and wish to thank her for sharing her experiences with us at #10by2020.
On a more positive note, we would like to think that the commitment made by Edinburgh Council to allocate 10% of its transport budget to improved cycling and walking infrastructure is an exciting move. Edinburgh Council's 'School Streets' scheme has already set a precedent in London as has now been taken up by one school in Camden and another five more in Hackney are promised (and who knows, one day perhaps, even Southwark?) Let us then hope they can set another excellent example with their commitment to increased infrastructure spending and that this will indeed lead to safer streets for all.