Female cyclist is first 'Boris Bike' fatality

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Female cyclist is first 'Boris Bike' fatality

A woman cyclist who was killed following a collision with a lorry is the first death involving one of the Capital City's 'Boris Bikes'.

The 20-year-old died in the accident that occurred on Whitechapel High Street on Friday night at around 6pm.

The driver of the heavy goods vehicle, who stopped at the scene, was not arrested and the Metropolitan Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Leon Daniels, from Transport for London (TfL), said: "Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the female cyclist who tragically died ... following a collision with a heavy goods vehicle on Whitechapel High Street.

"We understand she was riding a Barclays Cycle Hire bike.

"TfL has a range of measures already under way to further reduce the number of collisions involving cyclists across London and we will be assisting the Metropolitan Police with their investigation into this tragic incident."

This is the first fatal incident to occur involving the Barclays-sponsored bicycles that were dubbed 'Boris Bikes' after being launched by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2010.

The scheme allows users to rent the bicycles from automated stands and return them to various spots dotted all over London.

Coupled with the new Cycle Superhighways, they are designed to provide "safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city", according to TfL.

The young lady who sadly lost her life was a French student studying in the Capital, she was pronounced dead at the nearby Royal London hospital after the collision at 6.20pm on Friday.

She is the fourth cyclist to be killed in London in 2013. She is also the third cyclist to die in collision with a HGV on or near the CS2 cycle superhighway that runs from Bow to Aldgate.

Brian Dorling and Svitlana Tereschenko were both killed at Bow roundabout in 2011.