Hundreds Turn Out For Ealing Road Safety Rally

Follows the death of cyclist Claudia Manera after Uxbridge Road collision

Protest Uxbridge Road - Liz Jenner
( photos courtesy Liz Jenner)


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Around 250 people attended a rally in Ealing today Sat (28th) to both commemorate the life of Claudia Manera – the cyclist recently killed in an accident on Uxbridge Road - and also gather 1500 signatures on a petition to oblige Ealing Council to review the safety of roads in the borough with a commitment to rectifying known ‘black spots’.

Safety campaigners there, said in the past five years, 2 pedestrians and a cyclist have lost their lives on Uxbridge Road with another 46 seriously injured.

The protest, which included children, wheelchairs – even some roller blades -  gathered at the Town Hall before making its way up to the junction with Northfield Ave – where the fatal accident occurred. The crowd then stopped for a minute’s silence before making its way to nearby Dean Gardens for a well-organised rally.

Many of those present had been friends with Claudia who had served as a police officer before becoming a fitness instructor. Rupa Huq MP also attended as did many local councilors and members of cycling groups.


Cycle Protest - Liz Jenner photos

Cycle Protest - Liz Jenner photos

Cycle Protest Liz Jenner photos

A message from Caudia’s family in Italy was read out to the crowd – speaking about her love of sport and her job as a fitness instructor and how she’d done the London Marathon once and its counterpart in Paris too.

Council leader Julian Bell – himself a cyclist – had told me earlier how he is committed to making cycling safer “I won’t rest until it’s safe”.

Cycle protest - Liz Jenner photos

Later, at the rally, he perhaps misjudged the mood slightly. He was telling the crowd about setting up a Cycling Commission which is due to report soon on safety issues but got heckled by cyclist Darren Leroy Halford who said it was a time to commemorate a life, not a time for politics.

Ccllr Bassam Mahfouz –Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport & Leisure and himself another keen cyclist - says there is an open meeting on November 7th in the Town Hall at 18.00.  

Cycle protest - Liz Jenner photos

Viv Ellis


28th October 2017


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