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Cyclist breaks leg in rush hour collision on notorious CS2 cycle superhighway

PUBLISHED: 16:18 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:52 06 October 2014

The cyclist's bike after the collision [Photograph by London Ambulance Service]

The cyclist's bike after the collision [Photograph by London Ambulance Service]

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A cyclist had a brush with death this morning when he was knocked off of his bike at the junction of Bow Road and Campbell Road on the CS2 cycle superhighway.

The rider was hit by a van as he cycled along the junction at 08.12am this morning.

The London Ambulance Service cycle team, an ambulance crew, and a team from the London Air Ambulance arrived by car to tend to the wounded man.

He was then rushed to the Royal London Hospital, where he was treated for a broken leg and concussion.

Twitter user, and cycling commuter, @sw19cam was passing by as the accident happened and said: “The cyclist was conscious, but I could tell that he had seriously hurt his leg by its position.”

Whilst he said “It is quite shocking to see someone on the floor”, he added “It’s no surprise to me that another accident has occurred here. And it goes to demonstrate why we need high quality cycle segregation along this route to ensure our safe passage when commuting.”

Cycling campaigners say that the coloured cycle lane gives a false sense of security in an area where there is no protective barrier for cyclists.

@SW19cam said: “I can not stress enough that the provisions here for cyclists are worse than not having anything.”

In 2013, four cyclists died along the CS2 cycle superhighway, and campaigners have been demanding segregation to make the “notoriously nasty” Bow Road junction safer for some time now.

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