Vigilante motorists dig up flowers inside bike-friendly road blocks
Vigilante motorists dig up flowers planted inside bike-friendly road blocks in Dulwich Village in south London in latest protest against street closures for cyclists
- Motorists protesting Low Traffic Neighbourhoods have destroyed flower beds
- The vandalism took place on Tuesday in Dulwich Village, South London
- ‘Culture war’ between drivers and cyclists has seen drivers protest road closures
The latest vandalism by motorists protesting Low Traffic Neighbourhoods has seen flowerbeds dug up and and plants destroyed – as councils close residential roads to to encourage walking and cycling.
The ‘culture war’ between drivers and cyclists erupted at the end of November after councils were given given government funding to close some roads, to allow children to safely cycle to school.
However vigilante drivers – who claim the closure of residential roads has gridlocked main roads in London – have taken matters into their own hands.
In the latest escalation in the war, furious motorists have ripped out the flowers which had been planted in the roadblocks in Dulwich Village, South London.
Photos show the plants needlessly dying on the asphalt and the road sprinkled with soil. Fortunately green-fingered residents were able to quickly replace the bulbs.
While in other parts of London CCTV cameras have been vandalised and politicians have been sent death threats over the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN).
Furious motorists have ripped out the flowers which had been planted in the roadblocks in Dulwich Village, South London (pictured)
Parents say they are scared to cycle with their children on the road, in case drivers angry at the measures plough into them in a rage.
One parent, who was scared to give their name in fear of reprisals, said the anger against cyclists made them fear cycling with their children.
He said: ‘How sad it is that people are so angry about not being able to drive the shortest route to their house, they resort to vandalism.
‘It just shows how much they want a dangerous high pollution environment for our children to grow up in, rather than safe space for them to get around independently.’
Councillor Richard Leeming said: ‘It was disappointing that the planters at the junction of Dulwich Village and Calton Avenue were vandalised on Tuesday night.
Photos show the plants needlessly dying on the asphalt and the road sprinkled with soil
Fortunately green-fingered residents were able to quickly replace the bulbs that were pulled out
‘However I am very grateful that community-minded volunteers cleared up the mess so quickly.
‘The council will be reviewing the scheme in 2021 and everyone’s views will be carefully considered then.’
A study has shown that twice as many people have taken up cycling in the area, since the LTN was brought in.
Last month, in Hackney, east London, councillors received death threats and CCTV systems monitoring the LTNs were vandalised.
The council’s transport lead Councillor Jon Burke said: ‘A number of Hackney’s new traffic counters have been broken, and a camera subjected to £20,000 of damage; and Labour councillors are receiving abuse and death threats.’
A study has shown that twice as many people have taken up cycling in the area, since the LTN was brought in
He tweeted a picture of damaged plant boxes designed to close a road to cars, adding: ‘In the 24 hours since this new filter was delivered, anti-LTN fanatics who absolutely cannot accept sharing the roads with all those who both use and pay for them, have stolen the bollard, defaced the signs, and snapped the trees.
‘Degenerates, plain and simple.’
In September, Councillor Burke received an anonymous letter which threatened to burn his house down while he slept, and to kill him and his family, if the LTNs were not removed.
It said: ‘Open all roads now or we will get violent.’
On Thursday, a coroner made legal history by saying air pollution contributed to the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah.
Ella, who lived metres from the South Circular in London, died of asthma from air pollution in 2013.
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