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Thousands of cyclists join South Bank protest

London SE1 website team

Thousands of cyclists converged on the South Bank on Monday night to take part in a protest ride to Parliament organised by the London Cycling Campaign.

Thousands of cyclists join South Bank protest
Thousands of cyclists join South Bank protest
Jenny Jones AM
Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones took part in the ride

The Space for Cycling demonstration, which coincided with a Parliamentary debate on cycling, was intended to send a message to Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The protesters gathered at Jubilee Gardens on Belvedere Road before crossing Westminster Bridge and returning to the South Bank via Lambeth Bridge, forming a ring of cyclists around the Palace of Westminster.

The LCC is calling for segregated cycle lanes on main roads and at major junctions, as well as cyclist-specific traffic lights to keep bikes separated from fast-moving and heavy motor traffic.

Campaigners are also calling for local streets to be made more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists by cutting the speed of motor traffic and eliminating rat-runs.

Organisers estimate that at least 5,000 people took part in Monday night's event.

The protest brought traffic around Waterloo and Westminster to a standstill and caused delays to bus services.

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