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Cyclists Build 'Wall Of Death' In London As Message To Local Politicians

03/04/2014 09:10 BST | Updated 03/04/2014 11:59 BST

'A wall of death' to remember cyclists killed on London's streets was unveiled by campaigners on Wednesday, as they called for politicians to prioritise road safety in the May elections.

Stop Killing Cyclists, a campaign group for safer cycling in the capital, said only three boroughs had implemented segregated cycle lanes, Ealing, Camden and Waltham Forest.

And a Freedom Of Information request by the group found only four - Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Hounslow and Waltham Forest - plan to introduce the safer lanes next year. Less than half of one percent of London’s Boroughs’ roads have segregated cycle lanes installed.

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'A wall of death' was built outside Westminster City Hall

More than 50 cyclists have been killed in London since the last elections in 2010.

Will Nickell, the author of a report into Dutch-style segregated lanes for Stop Killing Cyclists said: “This research for the first time exposes the lethal failure by the vast majority of London’s Boroughs to invest in Go-Dutch standard segregated safe-cycle lanes, for London’s kids and cyclists over the last four years”.

Donnachadh McCarthy, co-organiser of Stop Killing Cyclists said: "Every one of the 56 cyclists killed on London's roads over the last four years is a tragedy, but it is also important to note the thousands of other deaths from the failure to provide a safe unpolluted cycling and walking environment.

"Londoners should ask every candidate in May's local and European elections if they will support 10%of their transport budget to be spent on segregated cycle-lanes."