Second cyclist dies in Bow on east London cycle superhighway

Another cyclist has been killed on one of Boris Johnson’s cycle superhighways in east London – the second fatal collision in three weeks.

Police were called to the Bow Road roundabout at 4.45pm on Friday after a collision between a tipper truck and cyclist.

It is thought the crash happened as the lorry and cyclist, travelling west on Bow High Street, moved off from traffic lights at the roundabout.

The cyclist, a woman aged 34, was pronounced dead at the scene – the 15th cyclist to die in the capital this year.

The lorry driver, a man aged 29, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and has since been bailed to December 7.


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Mike Cavenett, of London Cycling Campaign, said the Bow junction needed to be redesigned immediately.

“To have the Mayor’s flagship cycle hire scheme at a junction like Bow would be inconceivable somewhere like the Netherlands,” he said.

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“It is totally unacceptable. Bow must be one of the worst junctions in Europe.”

Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly group and chairwoman of the Assembly’s transport committee, said: “With London roads seeing a 50 per cent increase in cycle deaths this year it is time the Mayor accepted the need to urgently examine the design of London’s most dangerous junctions.

“Instead of lecturing people about cycling the Mayor must start to listen to the concerns of cyclists.”

TfL surface transport manager Leon Daniels said: “We are extremely sorry to learn of the tragic death of a female cyclist, following a collision with an HGV on the Bow Road roundabout on Friday evening.

“Our thoughts are with her family and friends. I have visited the scene and both TfL and the police have launched inquiries which will report as quickly as possible‬.”

TfL said the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on London’s roads has fallen by 18 per cent in the last decade, compared to their baseline figures from the mid to late 1990s.

Last month 58-year-old cyclist Brian Dorling died after a collision with a tipper lorry on a Bow Road junction with the A12 at Payne Road.

Mr Dorling was the first cyclist to be killed on the cycle superhighway, which provide four blue-painted priority lanes for cyclists

Anyone who witnessed Friday’s collision should contact police on 020 8597 4874.

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