Extinction Rebellion renames Hammersmith Bridge the ‘Bridge of Possibility’
July 20, 2020/ by Matt Smith
Images above: bunting & decorations cover the bridge, passers by gather on the bridge to chat to protestors
Members of Hammersmith & Fulham Extinction Rebellion temporarily occupied Hammersmith bridge over the weekend (18 July 2020), renaming it the ‘Bridge of Possibility’. The group have been leading calls for it to be reinvented as a garden bridge.
The bridge has been a derelict building site for the last month, so the splash of colour over the weekend was welcomed by some of the passers by. Chalk drawings, bunting, ribbons and music were involved in the socially distanced event which took place on Saturday 18 July.
‘Overwhelming majority’ support pedestrianisation they claim
Before the bridge was closed for repair there were some 20,000+ vehicles which usually crossed it daily. Many of those have been taken off the road by the coronavirus pandemic. Extinction Rebellion claim that this is the perfect opportunity to consider the pedestrianisation of the bridge.
Taking a straw poll of the local community on the day, the members of Hammersmith & Fulham Extinction Rebellion found that there was ‘an overwhelming majority in favour of keeping the bridge open for cycling, walking and for pedal e-taxi or small electric public buses’.
Images above: locals take part in XR’s ‘community poll’, the poll results, artists impression of what the bridge could look like in the future
At around 1.00pm, at the request of Hammersmith & Fulham council, police asked that protestors remove the polling information, bunting and other embellishments.
Stopping and chatting on the bridge (which the event encouraged) allegedly made event organisers liable for arrest, as the construction company’s contract requires the continuous movement of people across the bridge.
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