CYCLE campaigners staged a die-in to protest the importance of better safety measures on the streets of London.
Members of Better Streets for Enfield joined the protest organised by the Stop Killing Cyclists at Trafalgar Square on Saturday (February 11).
The protest came less than a week after Anita Szucs was knocked down and killed while in Bounces Road, Edmonton, near her Enfield home.
The 30-year-old newlywed's husband, Tamas Mezo, has since called for more cycle lanes and safer roads.
Saturday’s event included a one minute ‘die-in’ – where cyclists lie sprawled on the road for one minute in silence to remember those who have been killed while on their bikes.
Enfield resident Hal Haines, who took part in Saturday’s march, said: “This was not a spontaneous event in reaction to the three cyclists and two pedestrians who died this week in London.
“So the die-in and a minutes silence was never supposed to be part of this plan but I was grateful to be given the chance to pay my respects.
“It was lovely to be with so many like-minded people who feel as strongly about protecting cyclists.”
The Mini-Holland, which is currently being built in Enfield, has divided opinion.
While some saying the loss of parking spaces will "kill businesses" and cause more traffic on side roads, others say the lanes are a much-needed mechanism to protect cyclists.
Campaigner Clare Rogers, 44, said: “It is absolutely devastating, there has been so much grief in Enfield. It makes me so angry.
“She had her whole life ahead of her and she was robbed of a chance of life and children.
“It is tragic, and all she was doing was cycling back from work which is something that should be encouraged.”
In an open letter to the community, freelance editor Mrs Rogers, wrote: “Enfield is blighted by car domination. Too many cars are used for too many journeys, and too many drivers have the mind set that they own the road.
“Is it any surprise that we have one of London’s lowest cycling modal shares, and one of its worst hit and run figures?”
The mother-of-two stressed more is needed in Enfield in order to stop cycling fatalities.
Ms Rogers added: “It’s a vicious circle which has created ingrained mind sets.
“My friends from other areas notice a difference in the drivers’ behaviour in Enfield.
“We need to change this so that cycling becomes normal thing everybody does that everyone does.
“It baffles me that people are against more cycling infrastructure when studies show cyclists spend more per head than drivers.”
The Better Streets for Enfield group is made up of cyclists and other residents wanting better road safety for the community.
Campaigners believe that by reducing car use there will be less air pollution, roads will be safer for pedestrians and bike users and pressure on local health services will be eased as residents live a healthier lifestyle.
The Stop Killing Cyclists organised the half-a-mile demonstration months ago to urge the Treasury to spend 10 per cent more on cycling by 2020.