Rebels from across the south west created pop-up cycle lanes and joined socially distanced bike rides during the No Going Back action over the weekend of 16/7 May.
Cirencester, Bournemouth, Exeter, Totnes, Truro and other local groups joined a nationwide action calling on the Government to prioritise public health and well-being by investing in safer streets for walking and cycling as the UK lockdown is eased.
Rebels from Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole came out early on Sunday morning to “Reclaim the Streets” by creating a pop up cycle lane on the East Avenue Roundabout – a notoriously dangerous spot for cyclists. Armed with chalk spray and stencils and maintaining physical distance they decorated the road with a series of brightly coloured bicycles.
Rebels from Exeter, hit the news headlines with their pop up cycle lane and socially distanced “critical mass” cycle ride through the City Streets. Devon Live claimed the group “caused” confusion on the roads of Exeter.
Extinction Rebellion Truro, organised a flag-waving socially distanced ride around the city.
Exeter’s Caspar Hughes, 48 of Stop Killing Cyclists said “A simple way to reduce transport emissions is to make cycling convenient and safe. 70 per cent of all journeys are less than 5 miles – in the age of e-bikes virtually everyone can cycle such a distance.”
The government has said that Local Authorities should take measures to reallocate road space to people walking and cycling, “as swiftly as possible” given the urgent need to change travel habits before the restart takes full effect. Under new powers a local authority may take immediate action to impose lower speed limits and install temporary, life saving, low cost infrastructure, such as pop-up cycle lanes.
Unofficial estimates suggest around 2,000 rebels took part in 3 days of creative and occasionally disruptive actions at the G7 summit in Cornwall from June 11-13th. Many arrived on foot or bike after epic multi-day treks. This roundup focusses on some of the actions we may have missed while preparing for or particpating in the […]
Photos: Serena Shellenberg, Joao Daniel Pereira, Gareth Morris, Ilya Fisher, Chris Jerrey The theme for the final day of our actions in Cornwall was ‘All hands on deck’ as the G7 proved to be yet another failed opportunity for change. We are clear that all sections of society must work towards creating a better world […]
Photos by: Gareth Morris, Chris Jerrey, Ilya Fisher, Tristian Herbert, Robin Markland, Joao Daniel Periera, Denise Laura Baker The theme for Day Two of the Extinction Rebellion G7 summit actions was ‘Greenwash’. Its purpose: to expose rich countries and their banking systems which talk about ‘green growth’ while continuing to prop up carbon polluting companies […]
Photos by Tristian Herbert, Chris Jerrey, Gareth Morris June 11th, 2021 On the first day of our G7 Cornwall Rebellion, we marched through the centre of St Ives to sound the alarm for climate justice and to highlight the disastrous consequences of the G7’s broken promises for people in the global south already experiencing the […]
‘We’re drowning in promises!’ Extinction Rebellion announces plan of action for Cornwall G7 Summit #DrowninginPromises #G7Rebellion #ExtinctionRebellion Today, Extinction Rebellion revealed their plans for the G7 Summit in Cornwall (11 – 13 June.) The series of protests – to be held across the UK in the run up to, and during the summit – will […]
Left to Right, from top left: Bath, Bournemouth, Dorchester, Topsham, Exeter, Frome, Christchurch, Cheltenham, Weymouth, Sherborne, Exeter, Cleveden. At 11am on Saturday 1st May, two years to the day since the UK Parliament declared an environment and climate emergency, traffic came to a standstill in towns and cities across the West Country as Extinction Rebellion […]
1st-10th September 2020 So many glorious actions happened in London, its hard to know where to start! This video gives a fantastic overview. Here is selection of some of the actions that may or may not have involved rebels from the South West. We couldn’t possibly comment. The London Rebellion kicked off on September 1st […]
1st-5th September 2020 Cardiff will be under water by 2050 if we don’t halt carbon emissions now. Whilst many South West rebels headed to London to target Westminster, some gathered in Cardiff in solidarity with the most vulnerable city in the UK. Four intrepid climbers kicked off the Cardiff Rebellion, when they scaled the Office […]