‘Look out for each other’ transport boss urges after latest A11 cyclist death
PUBLISHED: 12:54 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:47 14 November 2013
Transport bosses at City hall are today calling for cyclists and motorists to “look out for each other” following the latest cycle death in east London.
A man died in the early hours of this-morning following a collision on his bike involving a double-decker bus at Whitechapel five hours before.
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 where there was an earlier fatality during yesterday morning’s rush-hour involving a young Russian woman.
The latest accident was at 11.30pm last night in Leman Street at the Gardiner’s Corner junction with the A11 Whitechapel High Street and A13 Commercial Road.
The cyclist, thought to be in his early 30s, was taken to the Royal London Hospital nearby, but died at 4am today. Police are trying to identify him to trace his family.
“We still don’t know who he was,” a Scotland Yard spokesman said. “He had no identity on him. We want to trace his family.”
The Met’s Road Death Investigation Unit is appealing for witnesses who were in Leman Street or Whitechapel High Street at 11.30pm last night to call the non-emergency line on 101.
The bus driver involved was treated at the scene for shock and later questioned, but has not been arrested, Transport for London has confirmed.
It is the third fatal accident involving a cyclist in a week along the A11 and the fifth in nine days across London, taking the total so far this year to 13.
They include hospital porter Brian Holt, 62, killed little more than a week ago in a collision with a tipper lorry in Mile End Road, just 200 yards from Mile End Hospital where he had worked for 40 years. He lived with his wife and daughter just six minutes away in Belgrave Street in Stepney.
TfL was investing heavily to improve cycle routes and junctions, the transport authority said today.
Its Surface Transport director Leon Daniels added: “We have a number of safety campaigns targeting drivers and cyclists which highlight the issues which could cause collisions.
“We would appeal to everyone to look out for each other and follow the rules of the road.”
London Assembly’s John Biggs is calling for the Mayor of London to bring in early phase for cyclists at all traffic lights along the A11 cycleway.
He said: “The Mayor must stop calling it a ‘Cycle Super Highway’ and, instead, bring in safety measures to protect vulnerable road users. He must introduce an early phase for cyclists at all traffic lights along the A11 now.
“The blue painted cycle route along the road creates a false sense of safety for cyclists.”
Biggs is calling for cycleways to be segregated from other traffic to avoid further deaths.
“There are too many tragedies,” he added. “A lot of public money has been spent on the cycleways that could have been used to segregate them.”
TfL is assisting the Met Police investigation into the latest incident at Leman Street, it said today. The A11 cycle route was recently labelled an “accident waiting to happen” by the coroner investigating the recent deaths of cyclists along Mile End Road.
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