Stop Killing Cyclists, the pressure group demanding healthier and safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists has organised a demonstration, ‘10% by 2020’, for Saturday February 11th from 13:00-15:30 outside the Treasury. They are demanding greater investment in cycling and walking for a healthy future.
Current spending plans will reduce the cycling budget to less than £1 per person. Stop Killing Cyclists propose an increase in funding for cycling and walking, starting with 5% of the 2017 transport budget and increasing to 10% by 2020. This is still half of the UN’s recommended minimum spend of 20%, a target which the campaigners urge the UK to reach by 2025.
Stop Killing Cyclists hope that increased funding will mean:
- Healthy, pollution-free neighbourhoods where children can play outside in streets that are traffic restricted
- Safe routes to school to allow the next generation to walk or cycle to school safely
- Town centres devoted to people rather than motor traffic
- Cycle tracks which are physically segregated from motor traffic to allow for all ages and abilities to use them
If you want to volunteer to be a steward for the 10 by 2020 demo you can contact Stop Killing Cyclists through their Facebook page. They will be meeting outside the National Gallery and walking/riding to the Treasury on Horse Guards Parade to protest at 14:00.