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Cyclists demand safe roads in London, Edinburgh and Rome

Cyclists demand safe roads in London, Edinburgh and Rome
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Cyclists have converged on three European cities to demand better road safety for those in the saddle.

Thousands denounced the dangers they face in pedal power protests in London, Edinburgh and Rome.

In the Eternal City, demonstrators laid down their bikes in memory of cyclists and pedestrians killed on Italy’s roads.

Flore Murard-Yovanovitch, a protest organiser in Rome, said bike users were tired of seeing that two- wheeled travellers are still dying each day.

“I would certainly like things here to change to make cycling a part of city life,” said Maddalena Boccia, one of those taking part. “There aren’t many possibilities for cyclists to get around inside Rome.”

Pro-pedal activists also highlighted the environmental benefits of getting behind handlebars rather than the wheel.

In a city steeped in history, the message is that times have changed.