Fifth cyclist death in only a matter of days
Posted: November 14, 2013
Posted in: Bicycle Accidents Road Traffic Accidents
After a crash occurred between a cyclist and a bus at a junction yesterday morning, London’s roads have seen their fifth cyclist death in only nine days. The crash happened in the early hours of the morning at a junction between Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Road. The man was immediately rushed to hospital but died only a matter of hours later.
The frequency of cyclists being injured, or even killed, on London’s roads is raising great concern. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had called for cycling-highways to be designed in order to “physically separate cyclists from roads”. However, it was found that the man who died yesterday had been cycling on Super Highway 2 at the time of the collision with the double-decker bus.
These superhighways were designed to provide safe and effective cycling routes across London, running from outer London into and across central London. They tend to involve stretches of road painted blue, with some lanes segregated from traffic even being introduced. Many more of these superhighways are due to open soon, with much debate surrounding their effectiveness.
Furthering this attempt to improve cycling safety, London’s mayor Boris Johnson has released a Vision for Cycling document, which proposes the concept of ‘Quietways’ for cyclists to remain safe on “low-traffic back streets”. Shadow infrastructure minister Lord Adonis, however, posted on Twitter that Boris Johnson should review his handling of these issues: “The mayor should appoint a rapid independent review of superhighways after the horror of all these cyclists’ deaths in London.”
The mayor’s cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, said that plans are in place to upgrade the superhighways, but that changes will take up to 11 months to happen.
The cycling deaths included:
- The death of a cyclist last Tuesday after a collision with a tipper lorry in east London
- The death of architectural expert Francis Golding last Friday after a collision with a coach in central London
- The death of a cyclist in his 40s after colliding with a bus in south London on Tuesday
- The death of 24-year-old Venera Minakhmetova after colliding with a lorry in east London on Wednesday
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