Cyclist killed on Bow superhighway

A cyclist died after a collision with a tipper lorry in Bow yesterday – the first person to be killed on the city’s superhighway.

The man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident in Payne Road around 8.45am.

Transport for London (TfL) said he was the first person to be killed on the city’s blue cycling superhighway network.

A man was arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and is currently in custody at an east London police station.

A TfL spokesman said: “We are extremely sorry to learn of the tragic death of a male cyclist, following a collision with an HGV on the Bow Road roundabout.”

He added that TfL had delivered several initiatives, such as new roadside safety mirrors and awareness campaigns about the dangers of undertaking lorries, over the past year.

A cycle awareness training course for freight drivers in London, an online HGV cycle safety guide and cycle safe technology for all TFL highway contractor vehicles were also being introduced by the end of the year, he said.

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