Dear Petition Signer,
The past few months have seen some major milestones achieved by this campaign.
* For the first time in its history, Transport for London now publishes Bus Safety Data every Quarter on its website. During the last available Quarter (April - June 2014), incidents involving TfL Buses sent 3.3 people per day to the hospital and 2 people to the morgue (these casualties are commonly known as "Killed & Serious Injury" or KSI incidents). KSI incidents involving TfL buses increased by 4% between Q1 and Q2, and by 8% from collisions. As of 30 June 2014, KSI incidents involving TfL buses have sent 576 to hospital and 4 to the grave. Even with this KSI record, TfL still puts about 300 buses per hour next to hundreds of thousands of people per day on Oxford Street.
* In a recent (and widely-publicised) study from Kings College, Oxford Street was deemed to be the "most polluted street in the world" due, in large part, to TfL's polluting empty diesel buses.
* Labour candidate for Mayor of London Christian Wolmar has made pedestrianisation of Oxford Street a key item in his election platform and recently issued and excellent pictures of what a pedestrianised Oxford Street would look like that was recently published by the Evening Standard newspaper. I am pleased that pedestrianisation of Oxford Street will now be a major issue during the 2015 Election for Mayor of London. Please visit www.wolmarforlondon.co.uk for more details.
* On 15 November 2014, thousands of people from around the United Kingdom are planning to be marching down Oxford Street to mark the National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence sponsored by Stop the Killing (www.stopthekilling.org.uk). Key among our demands is the removing of motorised traffic from of Oxford Street. Please visit our site or our Facebook page.
I am very grateful for your patience. Slowly but surely, we are making progress in getting Transport for London to take its killer and polluting empty buses off Europe's busiest shopping street.
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National Funeral: http://stopthekilling.org.uk/the-national-funeral-for-the-unknown-victim-of-traffic-violence/