​Calls for safety improvements as fifth cyclist dies on London's streets


Bow cyclist death

A fifth cyclist in the space of two weeks has died while cycling along the streets of London.

The male cyclist was hit by a bus at 11:30pm last night. Scotland Yard said he was attended to at the scene and transferred to hospital, but passed away at around 4am today.

The incident occurred at the junction of Whitechapel Road and Commercial Road in Aldgate, East London.

According to The Daily Mail, the bus driver was treated for shock at the scene.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London has been called upon to make London's streets safer for cyclists after a spate of similar tragic accidents in recent days.

Four other cyclists have been involved in fatal collisions in the capital since last Tuesday.

One, which occurred yesterday, involved a woman in her 20s on the CS2 cycling route in Bow.

Following that incident, John Biggs, the leader of the Labour opposition group on the London Assembly, told The Daily Express: "The Mayor must stop calling CS2 a cycle superhighway and encouraging cyclists to use it unless he urgently implements safety measures that will protect these vulnerable road users along the whole route.

"My view, which is shared by the coroner who recently investigated the deaths of two cyclists on Cycle Superhighway 2, is the blue paint on the road creates a false sense of safety and security for cyclists.

"Instead we need the Mayor to act urgently and prioritise the safety of cyclists and pedestrians at Bow Roundabout and dangerous junctions which are particularly hazardous for vulnerable road users."

The chief executive of the London Cycling Campaign, which held a peaceful protest at Bow Roundabout last night, said that the accident had happened within metres of another cyclist's death in 2011.

Ashok Sinha added: "It's unbelievable that we are, again, two years after that death, calling on Mayor Boris Johnson to install cycling and pedestrian-safe traffic lights at Bow roundabout to prevent more Londoners being killed.

"A cyclist-specific traffic lights were recommended by TfL's own consultants before Superhighway 2 was built, but the recommendations of expert consultants, cyclists and pedestrians have been ignored."

Mr Johnson said that any death on London's roads was a tragedy, and added that his thoughts were with victim's relatives and friends.

"In the past decade, the number of cyclists in the capital has almost trebled and it is absolutely vital that we continue to invest huge sums of money into improving cycling infrastructure and making it as safe as possible," Mr Johnson added.