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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Extinction Rebellion Campaign: Guerrilla Bike Lanes Appear On Brighton Streets

Guerrilla bike lanes appeared overnight on the streets of Brighton as part of an Extinction Rebellion campaign to highlight the urgent need for more cycling space in the city.

Cycling lanes have been created by Extinction Rebellion activists in Hannover, London Road and the Old Steine with dozens of bright pink, yellow and green bike stencils.

The pop-up bike lanes draw attention to the fact that dangerous, polluting cars must give way to bikes in order to tackle our environmental crises and the dangers of travel during a pandemic.

Toxic air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from road transport have dropped in the city – and across the world – after lockdowns were imposed to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

Less cars on the roads has also led to more cycling and walking as our neighbourhoods have become safer.

As lockdown is eased, climate change activists, academics and politicians are calling on cities to dedicate more road space to active travel to prevent emissions returning to previous levels.

Offering a viable alternative to cars would also help avoid an emissions surge from private vehicles as social distancing means public transport cannot meet demand. 

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An Extinction Rebellion Brighton spokesperson said: 

"We have seen ambitious cycling and pedestrianisation schemes in other cities in the UK. London, for example, is closing some of its busiest roads to cars completely.

"We're pleased that Brighton and Hove City council is looking at this issue, but the action taken so far doesn"t go far enough – and falls short of what other cities are doing.

"Brighton residents want to see faster and bolder policies so the quality of life improvements we"ve seen during lockdown don't evaporate.

"Cycling and other forms of active travel must be prioritised across the city. In particular there needs to be wide, ideally segregated, bike lanes on all major roads leading into the city centre.

"Brighton residents want to be able to breathe clean air instead of choking on car fumes. They want to be able to get to work in a safe, socially distanced way. They want pedals, not pollution.

"We hope these make-shift bike lanes will encourage people to see our public spaces differently and realise the benefits of clean, safe, active travel.

"The pandemic has been a horrible and tragic experience, but it has shown us that another, better future is possible."

Brighton and Hove City Council have reallocated 1.7 miles of the Old Shoreham Road for cycling to facilitate active travel in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

The authority is also considering new bike lanes on the King"s Road (A259) and the A23, as well as closing Sydney Street and Gardner Street in North Laine to cars on weekdays.

by: Mike Cobley


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United We Stream Brighton continues to showcase some of the city's best local artists and venues to help raise money for local charities and to keep the city's nightlife alive.

Taking place at the British Airways i360 venue on Brighton's beachfront, the award-winning Brighton Music Conference is set to return to the city this coming autumn.
Credit Olivia Rose

Mercury Prize 2020 shortlisted Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.
Credit Phoebe Wingrove

Displayed across the suburbs of Brighton, a new work - A Simple Act of Wonder - by artists Walter & Zoniel celebrates human connection and our experiences of joy in unprecedented times.

An ambitious vision to help boost nature and drive a green economic recovery has been unveiled by the South Downs National Park Authority and partners.

A Virtue is the new single from Popcorn Fiend, and the second track to be lifted from the Scottish musician's debut album Distance, which occupies a space somewhere between the industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails and the melodic synth-pop of Chvrches.
Credit Alberta Whittle

Photoworks Festival is the reshaping of one of the UK's longest running photography festivals - Brighton Photo Biennial - and is an idea developed by Shoair Mavlian, Director, Photoworks, which asks what a photography festival can be and who they are for. 

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Oska Bright Film Festival, the world's leading learning disability film festival based in Brighton, takes its programme to the small screen with Oska Bites, regular programmes of award-winning short films.

Bastille's new song, which features Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, might feel like a bit of a surprise release, not least to the band themselves, but as frontman Dan Smith says: “We finished the song and it felt urgent. We didn't want to sit on it.”

Quintet Junodream are drawing on a wider palette of sounds for new single Easy Life, with post-rock and modern prog blending into their expansive mix of shoegaze and psychedelia. 
Credit Jack McKain

Bedroom soul artist cehryl came to the United States from her native Hong Kong to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and post-college found herself in Los Angeles forming a tight-knit scene with friends Zack Villere, Mulherin, Dijon, Alex Szotak and Soft Glas.

Brighton-based singer-songwriter and all-round alt-pop fireball Oz's debut single Money is a statement-of-intent, an uncompromising synthesis of Garbage's dark-hued rock/electronica crossover with the bass-heavy zest of contemporary alt-pop. 

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