Cyclists have shaped a “human barrier” to shield other riders from automobiles in protest at the shortage of motion to enhance safety on one in all London’s most harmful routes.

Campaigners protested at Old Street on Thursday to spotlight the risks of the Old Street to Holborn “Clerkenwell boulevard” route on World Car-free Day.

Camden Cycling Campaign and Cycle Islington say there was “eight years of inaction”, regardless of guarantees from Camden and Islington councils and Transport for London in the wake of a whole bunch of injuries and a spate of fatalities around the Holborn gyratory.

Since 2016, there have been 201 bike owner casualties, together with 30 significantly injured folks, in the Old Street to Holborn hall, in accordance to CycleStreets’ BikeData.

Recent cycle fatalities at Holborn embody Dr Marta Krawiec, 41, a paediatrician who died in August last year, and Shatha Ali, 39, a former City lawyer, who was killed in March. Both died in collision with a lorry.

Under the phrases of its £1.2bn Government bailout last month, TfL is required to spend £80m a year on “active travel” – particularly, strolling and biking. Campaigners need a few of these funds directed to Old Street.

The “make the lane” protest – which includes activists entering into the street to form a hall for cyclists to experience alongside – is a repeat of motion three years in the past.

The protesters on Thursday included Victoria Lebrec, who lost a leg in a horrific skip lorry crash in 2014, plus London Assembly Green party members Sian Berry and Caroline Russell.

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