Cyclist dies after collision with bus at Whitechapel—police witness appeal

Candles at Bow roundabout yesterday evening for the London Cycling Campaign-organised vigil. Picture

Candles at Bow roundabout yesterday evening for the London Cycling Campaign-organised vigil. Picture: LondonCycleCampaign/Twitter - Credit: Archant

A cyclist died in the early hours of this-morning following a collision involving a double-decker bus at Whitechapel in London’s East End late last night.

The accident was just hours after the London Cycle Campaign held a protest vigil last night at the notorious Bow Roundabout further along the A11 following two previous fatal accidents, including one the same say.

Police and ambulance crew were called to the latest cycle accident at 11.30pm last night at the Whitechapel High Street junction with Commercial Road, involving a bus.

The cyclist, thought to be about 30, had been heading west towards Aldgate when the accident happened.

He was taken to the Royal London Hospital nearby, but died at 4am today.

“We still don’t know who he was,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said this morning. “He had no identity on him. We’re trying to trace his family.”

The Met’s Road Death Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath are appealing for witnesses who were in Whitechapel Road at 11.30pm last night to call the non-emergency line on 101.

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The bus driver involved was treated at the scene for shock. There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

It is the third fatality involving cyclists in a week along the busy A11 Whitechapel Road and Mile End Road and the fifth in nine days across London, taking the total so far this year to 13.

A woman cyclist died yesterday morning on the A11 Bow Roundabout just hours before the cycle campaign vigil. The roundabout has been criticised by the coroner after another cyclist’s death at the same spot as “an accident waiting to happen”.

A week before, hospital porter Brian Holt, 62, was killed when he was in collision with a tipper lorry along Mile End Road, just 200 yards from Mile End Hospital in Bancroft Road Where he had worked for 40 years.

The London Assembly’s John Biggs is demanding the Mayor urgently introduces an early traffic light phase for cyclists along the A11.

“The Mayor must stop calling it a Cycle Superhighway,” he said. “He must urgently bring in safety measures to protect these vulnerable road users along the whole route.

“The blue painted cycle route along the road creates a false sense of safety for cyclists.

“Instead, we need to prioritise cyclist and pedestrian safety at Bow Roundabout and dangerous junctions which are hazardous for vulnerable road users.”

He is calling for a review of all Cycle Super Highways and to segregate them from other the traffic.

“There are too many tragedies,” Biggs added. “A lot of public money has been spent on the Cycle highways that could have been used to segregate them.”

The latest tragedy last night was the fifth in the past week and the third along the A11 in just over a week.

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