EXTINCTION Rebellion members and cyclists took over a lane of the A40 this morning to highlight the climate emergency and safety concerns.
The action is part of nationwide protests by Extinction Rebellion members.
The cyclists travelled from Shire Hall, Gloucester, at 11.30am, to Pittville Park, Cheltenham via the A40 dual carriageway.
Gloucestershire Extinction Rebellion groups are among a number of organisations calling on local governments to protect and support citizens who travel by clean, sustainable and healthy methods.
The ‘Ride for Life’ commemorated the 140 cyclists who are injured or killed every year on Gloucestershire’s roads.
Norm Kemp, Cheltenham Extinction Rebellion member, said before the protest: “Gloucestershire’s cities and towns have the potential to be great places for everyone to get around by bike.
“Cycling is a healthy, speedy and cheap solution for short journeys, as well as reducing local pollution and global greenhouse emissions. But heavy traffic makes it a daunting prospect for new cyclists, so we get a vicious cycle of people choosing to drive because there’s so many cars.
“We are demanding that Gloucestershire County Council work together with local communities and citizens to help fix this crazy situation for the benefit of all.
“Taking over the A40 dual carriageway and the route through Cheltenham will highlight that there are alternative ways to get around the county and the town without damaging the health of our neighbours and the planet. The slow cycle through Cheltenham is for everyone and anyone – even if you don’t have a bike.
“On Sunday we’ll show that when enough people choose to cycle instead of driving it stops being scary and becomes loads of fun. We’ll press home our message that by helping people to cycle the county and district councils will boost local health and happiness, reduce local pollution, and help the planet too.”
Thanks to Paul Nicholls for pictures of the protest.