Evening rush hour in London yesterday saw Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames blocked by 2,500 cyclists in a flash protest conducted with the cooperation of the Metropolitan Police. The velopedal throng rode in slow formation from south to north and back again, before dispersing.
The point of the demonstration was to highlight the absurd and dangerous plan of Transport for London and the city’s supposedly cycle-friendly mayor Boris Johnson to redesign the bridge road so as to improve the flow of motor traffic at the expense of pedestrians and cyclists. The London Cycling Campaign‘s proposal for a double-T-junction layout optimised for all road users, which was drafted by a professional transport engineer working pro-bono for LCC, was summarily dismissed by TfL, most likely on the grounds that it would raise by a few percent the metropolitan transport authority’s financial contribution to the bridge redesign.
London cyclists for a people-friendly Blackfriars.