• Petitioning @MayorofLondon Boris Johnson

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Mayor of London, Chairman, Transport for London
@MayorofLondon Boris Johnson

@MayorofLondon Pedestrianise Oxford Street

    1. Tom Kearney
    2. Petition by

      Tom Kearney

      London, United Kingdom

On 18 December 2009, I was walking along a crowded Oxford Street, keen to get home to my family. It was the busiest shopping day before Christmas and thousands of people were enjoying the festive atmosphere. My foot was still on the pavement as it hit me -- a 16 ton bendy bus, that is.  

The bus was travelling at a minimum of 20mph. The impact sent me into a near death coma and burst both of my lungs. My sons waited over a month as I clung to life. It took me two years to recover. 

I now realise how lucky I was that day: I survived. Many do not.

Accident rates on Oxford Street are 35 times the average of any other London street, with 300 buses travelling down the short stretch of road every hour.  Since 2006, according to TfL data, over 192 pedestrians have been hit by TfL buses on Oxford Street, of which 56 have been killed or seriously-injured. 

So I'm calling on the Mayor to pedestrianise Oxford Street.  It is about time that London make Europe's busiest shopping street its safest too. 

Please tell Boris Johnson to pedestrianise Oxford Street..

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    1. Some Major Milestones Reached: Pedestrianisation of Oxford Street

      Tom Kearney
      Petition Organizer

      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.

      Yours sincerely,

      Tom Kearney
      E: comadad1812@gmail.com

      Face Book: http://www.facebook.com/#!/TheBusStopsHereASaferOxfordStreetForEveryone

      National Funeral: http://stopthekilling.org.uk/the-national-funeral-for-the-unknown-victim-of-traffic-violence/

      Blog: www.saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.co.uk

      Petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/mayoroflondon-pedestrianise-oxford-street

      Twitter: @comadad

    2. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    • barbara toscani LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 days ago

      Because London deserves this.

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    • michael pratt FIFE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 days ago

      Fix this please as there should be no limit of money to save lives

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    • Matthew Hardy LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED STATES
      • 11 days ago

      Because it will help all the people who would otherwise have been injured, and improve the appalling air quality.

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    • Robert Holden LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 15 days ago

      Dear Mayor,

      Oxford Street is unpleasant, and dangerous because of the heavy bus traffic and diesel engine taxis and bus fumes. It is dangerous to even breathe there. Please pedestrianize Oxford Street.

      Yours faithfully, Robert Holden

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    • richard west TORQUAY, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      It is time to take the buses and taxis out of Oxford street

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