Cyclists’ campaign group stages ‘die in’

12.00 | 22 May 2014 |

Around 400 cyclists took part in a ‘die in’ protest yesterday (21/5) at a junction in south London where a cyclist was killed earlier this month.

The event was staged by campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists at a junction in Elephant and Castle where 47-year-old Abdelkhalak Lahyani died on 13 May. A report in the London Evening Standard described the location as “Britain’s highest cycle casualty roundabout”.

On its website, Stop Killing People asked participants to “treat the event as a dignified peaceful direct action expressing our anger but our peaceful determination to get emergency action to protect cyclists and pedestrians asap from Southwark Council and TfL”.

Talking to the Standard, Donnachadh McCarthy, co-founder of Stop Killing Cyclists, said: "It was amazing. In an extraordinary way it became like a secular ritual. People stopped going in the cycle lane because it became a special space."

A TfL spokesman has said the junction may be subject to review depending on the outcome of the police investigation into the crash which caused Mr Lahyani’s death.


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