Search

Cyclist casualties in the East End shoot up by 12 per cent

07:00 20 July 2011

Cyclist injuries have risen in the East End

Cyclist injuries have risen in the East End

Archant

The number of cyclists being injured on Tower Hamlets roads has gone up by 12 per cent in the last three years.

In stark contrast, however, pedestrian casualties have dropped by nine per cent, figures since 2008 show.

Last month graphic designer Peter McGreal, 44, was killed a week after being struck on his bike during rush-hour traffic in Bethnal Green.

And in November 75-year-old pedestrian Mary Devine died from multiple injuries after being hit by a car in Stepney.

Tower Hamlets fared better than other east London boroughs, as in Barking and Dagenham road accidents involving cyclists shot up by more than half and those involving pedestrians by almost a fifth.

Labour London Assembly member for the area, John Biggs said the re-phasing of hundreds of traffic signals in the capital may be leading to increased traffic speeds which put cyclists and pedestrians at higher risk.

Steps have, however, already been taken in Tower Hamlets to improve road safety.

Large mirrors are being put up along a key cycling route in a bid to reduce the number of cyclists killed by lorries.

Known as “Trixi” mirrors, the large frames will be fitted beside traffic lights to enable lorry drivers to spot cyclists approaching on the inside of their vehicles.

This area is a notorious blind spot for drivers and accidents involving cyclist turning left make up a large proportion of collisions.

The mirrors are being put up between Bow and Aldgate.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said the mirrors were being “well-received” by truck drivers and cyclists.

Transport for London’s Road Safety Plan is due to be published in the next few months and Mr Biggs said his team will be monitoring it closely.

Latest East London News Stories

32 minutes ago
Deputy Tower Hamlets Mayor Rachael Saunders

Claims of “fraud and corruption” in council youth services under disgraced ex-Mayor Lutfur Rahman have emerged in an address to members of Tower Hamlets council in East London by Deputy Mayor Rachael Saunders.

Yesterday, 21:26
Abbie Gillgan (left) and two Women's Heritage protesters who unveiled their billbaord in Cable Street [photo: Chris Field]

Angry women fed-up with the “tacky” Jack the Ripper museum that opened in the East End—contravening its original ‘heritage’ planning permit—today unveiled a protest billboard virtually opposite the black-painted premises in Cable Street.

Yesterday, 15:00
Fish sculptured from plastic dumped in Thames [photos: Todd-White]

An artwork made entirely from non-degradable litter being dumped in the Thames aims to show the public the shock number of fish found with plastic in their gut.

Yesterday, 12:00
One of TfL's organised walks along the Embankment, passing the Millenium footbridge [photo: Eleanor Bentall]

Enthusiasts spent the weekend on their feet tramping through East London and the City on tours to mark May as National Walking Month.

Yesterday, 11:52
Gemma Berezag releases peace dove at 20th anniversary of IRA Canary Wharf bombing

A Bill finally starts its passage through Parliament today to compensate victims of the IRA bombing in Canary Wharf 20 years ago.

It would use some of the £9.5 billion frozen assets of Colonel Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator who supplied semtex to the IRA’s terrorist campaign including the Docklands bomb that killed two men and injured 51 other people.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
River Lea murder under Canning Town Bridge [Google image] showing killer Saulius Urbanavicius (left) and his vitim Vaidas Sakalauskas [Met Police photos]

A homeless man has been jailed for life for the sleeping-bag murder of a fellow rough sleeper whose body was discovered in the water as the tide ran out in the Bow Creek in east London.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Attack on Pc outside Victoria Park Baptist Church [Google image] and knife used [inset, Met Police photo]

A teenager has been jailed for nine years and four months after stabbing a policeman outside a church in London’s East End so brutally that he left him with life-threatening injuries.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Weebly's Dion McKenzie at the Tech City networking event (Picture: Elyse Marks)

In an ever changing world of retail, getting online is now more important than ever. Whether it’s to sell your products or to promote your brand, without an online presence few companies can make it in today’s day and age.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe