Tower Hamlets councillor slammed by cycling campaigners for “offensive” tweet after rider’s death
The London Cycling Campaign has slammed a Tower Hamlets councillor for making “offensive and ill-informed” comments about cyclists.
Cllr Oliur Rahman, cabinet member for children’s services, tweeted after the death of cyclist Javed Sumbal in his ward in Commercial Road two weeks ago: “I have serious concern about cyclist not wearing any safety equipment and some cyclists think they own the road”.
Tower Hamlets’ LCC campaign officer Gerry Matthews said: “The better comment would be an expression of regret and a pledge to work to increase the safety of all road users in the borough rather than an inappropriate assertion of culpability and victim blaming.
“It’s an ill-advised and ill-thought out comment, and we expect an apology”.
Cllr Rahman insisted the tweet did not refer exclusively to the incident in which Mr Sumbal tragically died, and reiterated his views.
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“I stand by this, because this is not the first time cyclists have died, and it won’t be the last unfortunately”, he said.
“I am sorry if she [Gerry Matthews] feels this is ill-informed, but this is my genuine feeling as a driver, and I am sure other drivers would agree with me.”
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