Holborn cyclist death brings call for mass protest

Following the death in Holborn, central London this morning of a cycling commuter, the London Cycling Campaign has called for a protest ride tomorrow evening, Tuesday 16 July 2013. This will be the second mass protest in as many weeks. The first followed the death of French student Philippine de Gerin-Ricard on a Boris Bike by Aldgate tube station.

The past three weeks have seen three cyclists killed on London streets.

Tomorrow’s protest ride will set off from Russell Square in Bloomsbury at 18:30, with the route almost certainly taking in Southampton Row, Theobalds Road, Proctor Street, High Holborn, Kingsway, Remnant Street and Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The details will be decided in the morning, but the route outlined here is that which I recce’d this evening. I shall be leading the ride tomorrow.

For this protest ride, which could attract upwards of 1,000 riders, we need experienced marshals. There will be police support, but the organisation and execution of the protest is up to us.

If you are able and willing to help, please email or call Lu Everett at the LCC office (lu@lcc.org.uk; 020 7234 9310 x209). Tomorrow afternoon there will be a recce for ride marshals at 17:30, with the assembly point being the south end of Russell Square.

A4-sized posters, to pin to your bike or yourself, are available on the LCC website. Leaflets with details about the event will be available for download in the morning.

Post-ride update

Three London cyclist deaths in as many weeks, and two LCC protest rides within a fortnight.

Among the marshals this evening the consensus is that we had around 2,500 on the ride. Comments from riders and onlooking bipeds included the word “poignant”, and the spontaneous roar following the minute’s silence observed by the collision site on High Holborn was impressive. Police cooperation and ride support was much appreciated.

Many thanks to all who came on the protest ride, and to the marshals for making it work so well. I just hope that it’s a very long time before we hold another such event.