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Saturday 26 September 2020

One Hundred Brighton Residents Create A Bike Swarm Before Joining People's Assembly For Safer City Cycling

Around one hundred mums, dads, kids and grandparents took part in the colourful family-friendly "bike swarm", which began at The Level before progressing down the Old Steine, along Madeira Drive, then west to the West Pier.

There were bike-mounted sound-systems and a colourful procession of flag-bearing cycles.

The event was organised by cycle campaign group Bricycles and Extinction Rebellion Brighton to coincide with World Car Free Day.

To comply with current COVID-19 legislation, riders cycled in a socially-distanced way.

Participants also wore masks and used hand sanitizer.

After the "bike swarm" there was a People's Assembly on the seafront, to which all councillors were invited, to discuss how to make Brighton and Hove a safer place to cycle.

Mimi Pellew, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion Brighton, said: 

"The ride was a fun, family-friendly celebration of the new cycle lanes that have been installed in Brighton and Hove.

"It also showed the breadth and depth of support from people of all ages for more active travel infrastructure so people can get around the whole city in a safe, healthy and green way. 

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"Government data shows that pedestrians and people cycling are twice as likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road traffic accident in Brighton than car drivers.

"Something has gone badly wrong in our city if the healthy, environmentally-friendly travel option is also the more dangerous one.

"There's also no route to reducing pollution, which kills dozens prematurely every year in Brighton, and tackling climate change that doesn"t involve encouraging people out of their cars.

"On top of that, it's worth noting that, as well as causing premature deaths under normal circumstances, pollution leads to worse outcomes for Covid-19 patients."

"The case for improved, safe cycling and walking infrastructure is overwhelming."

by: Mike Cobley




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