In Pictures: Over 1,000 At TfL Protest Over Cycle Safety

Andy Thornley
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In Pictures: Over 1,000 At TfL Protest Over Cycle Safety
Over 1,000 people attended the protest
Over 1,000 people attended the protest
Cyclists laid down in the road with their bikes
Cyclists laid down in the road with their bikes
Blackfriars Road was temporarily closed during the protest
Blackfriars Road was temporarily closed during the protest
Protesters shared their tweets and images using the hashtag #TfLDieIn
Protesters shared their tweets and images using the hashtag #TfLDieIn
There was a significant police presence and officers guarded the doors to TfL's HQ
There was a significant police presence and officers guarded the doors to TfL's HQ
Many protesters had strong views about the Cycle Superhighway
Many protesters had strong views about the Cycle Superhighway
...The back of the 'Boris' placcard
...The back of the 'Boris' placcard
Protesters were calling for safer roads
Protesters were calling for safer roads
The protesters were made up of young and old
The protesters were made up of young and old

A sea of bikes, helmets, lights and hi-vis brought Blackfriars Road to a standstill last night as over 1,000 people staged a 'die-in' protest outside Transport for London's HQ in Southwark.

The protest was arranged after the tragic spate of cyclists who have been killed by HGVs on London's roads in recent weeks. Organisers were calling on TfL to do more to make the capital's roads safe.

One of the organisers, Donnachadh McCarthy, started the vigil by saying: "We Londoners are going to join the Dutch, and follow them until we get our roads safe.

"So I respectfully ask you now, London cyclists and pedestrians and drivers who have come to join us today, to lie on the pavement with your bicycles, turn on your lights and let them flash in the memories of people killed and injured in the last eight years.

"We are here because Londoners are fed up of being killed. We need to have a modern, European, safe cycling network. We believe it's a human right for children and pensioners to cycle around our city safely, and at the moment they can't."

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Last Updated 30 November 2013