"Whilst the decision had been made, our Group agreed we could not let this happen without a protest. Despite the fact that there were only three of us at our bi-monthly meeting, we started organising an on-street demonstration. We decided to use a number of props, including lollipops saying ‘Save our crossing’ and cardboard zebra heads to make our event more visual.
"We sent a press release of our intention to the Hackney Gazette giving the date of the demonstration. They picked up on this and persuaded us to organise a smaller demo before the main event to fit in with their publishing schedule. They ran the first news article with a photograph of only the only two people who could make it at such short notice. They also got in touch with TfL to get a statement from them.
"The interest from the newspaper seemed to shake TfL who responded saying that a final decision on the crossing removal had not been taken. This was a huge about turn and our ‘proper demo’ on the scheduled day was more a celebration than a protest.
"Demonstrators from a wide range of groups came along including mobility- and visually-impaired people, cycling allies, politicians, the local city farm who brought two donkeys, with all of us using lollipops and zebra heads as placards. The very photogenic demonstration generated a lot of interest from the local newspaper, bloggers and a local student radio station.
"Thanks to all our hard work a few weeks later, we got an email confirmation from TfL that they were not going to remove the crossing."