Hundreds of cyclists, pedestrians and other road users will make their way along the entire length of Oxford Street next Saturday accompanied by a horse-drawn hearse bearing an empty coffin in a protest billed as “The National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence.”
The march, which begins at Bedford Square in Bloomsbury and concludes with a mass die-in at Marble Arch, is being co-ordinated by the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists and its off-shoot, Stop The Killing.
Stop Killing Cyclists was set up in November last year after six bike riders lost their lives in London within the space of a fortnight, and has staged a number of die-ins and protests at various locations in London over the past 12 months.
Protesters will gather on Saturday in Bedford Square from 12 noon, with the procession setting off at 1pm. It is scheduled to arrive at Marble Arch at 2pm, with those joining in encouraged to bring white wreaths, the laying of which will be followed by the die-in and a rally.
The event comes a day before Sunday’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, launched in 1993 by the UK-based charity RoadPeace and now commemorated around the world.
Stop Killing Cyclists co-organiser Donnachadh McCarthy said: “The staggering number of deaths and injuries resulting from motorised traffic over the last decade stands at 2,400,000 people!
“This horrifically equates to the combined populations of Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff!!
“Hundreds of thousands more are suffering life-impairing terrible diseases.
“This symbolic protest funeral and mega die-in is an urgent clarion call to end this carnage and environmental destruction.”
Posters and flyers, shown below, have been distributed across the capital for Saturday’s event and you can find out more information on its Facebook page.