A woman cyclist died after colliding with a lorry on the Bow roundabout in London on Wednesday morning, the fourth cyclist fatlity in the capital in eight days and the 12th in 2013.

On Tuesday, a man died in Croydon after colliding with a bus outside East Croydon rail station, on Friday respected architect Francis Golding was killed in Holborn after colliding with a coach and Brian Holt was killed on Tuesday, November 5, on Cycle Superhighway 2 at Mile End Road by a tipper lorry.

Another cyclist was involved in a serious incident on Wednesday morning in Millbank involving a lorry. The man was airlifted to King’s College hospital with extensive, life-threatening injuries.

Bow roundabout is an infamous blackspot for incidents involving cyclists. In January 2012, Transport for London announced a redesign of the junction after two cyclists were killed by HGVs in 2011. The roundabout is at the end of the controversial Cycle Superhighway 2, which has been the scene of further fatal and serious incidents involving cyclists on other parts of its route.

The first phase of improvements to Bow roundabout were introduced in June 2012, with redesign work scheduled to be completed by TfL in autumn 2013.

Last week, May of London Boris Johnson announced that there would be a ‘substantial upgrade’ to Cycle Superhighway 2 including segregated cycle lanes.

Despite only representing four per cent of the overall traffic in London, lorries were involved in over half of cyclist fatalities between 2008 and 2012.

There were 122 cyclist fatalities on British roads in 2012, including 14 in London.

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  • Robert

    Mark,

    Addressing issues such as ‘red light jumping’ by cyclists would have minimal impact on the casualty figures for cyclists, with Transport for London figures showing that only 6% of cyclist casualties were found to have broken any traffic law prior to the collision. In comparison, in 56% of cases where a cyclist was a casualty a motorist had broken a traffic law. Similarly, in 2009 the Transport Research Laboratory found that in only 2% of cases where cyclists were seriously injured in collisions with other road users the rider disobeying a stop sign or traffic light was held to be a likely contributing factor. Similarly, wearing dark clothing at night was seen by the police as a potential cause in just 2.5% of cases, and failure to use lights only 2% of the time. This same study also found that in 60-75% of cyclist injuries / deaths, the driver of a motor vehicle was wholly responsible. Clearly, it is driver behaviour that needs to be targeted!

  • Robert

    Michelle Lee wrote “I have had so many near misses when other cars have overtaken cyclists and veered onto my side of the road narrowly missing a head on collision, this happens almost daily where I live”. I would say that the answer to this ‘problem’ (which is not something I have experienced very often at all) is for the legal system to take such irresponsible drivers off the road altogether, not to force cyclists to use wholly inadequate ‘footpaths’. May I take it that you report these drivers to the police? If not you are complicit in their behaviour. Perhaps you should also seek further driver training, as your comment that you ‘hate overtaking wobbling cyclists’ suggests you don’t really have the experience and confidence needed to drive something as potentially dangerous as a motor vehicle safely. Similarly, do you habitually respond in an appropriate manner when you see a driver coming in the opposite direction overtaking a cyclist? For example, by anticipating the risk the other driver is posing, slowing down and moving over to the left as far as is safe so as to minimise the possibility of a collision?

  • richard newbold

    Vey sadly, this is already out of date:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24936942

  • roginoz

    Awful .It was my first thought to blame the truckies but I think there must be other factors.Were these unfortunates wearing fluo tabards? What is the speed limit at the scenes? Cycle lanes prob not. Something radical needed.Surely these tragedies were not ALL down to truckies .People need to wake up – bike use is going to increase each year dear drivers AND many cyclists ALL need to stop weaving about and ride to the rules PREDICTABLY.Dangerous drivers need adequate punishment as do dangerous cyclists.

  • Lee

    “A woman cyclist died after colliding with a lorry… a man died in Croydon after colliding with a bus… Francis Golding was killed in Holborn after colliding with a coach”

    So these cyclists are being killed after ‘colliding with’ vehicles? The way you’re phrasing it makes it sound like their deaths were the results of their own actions. Can you please STOP doing this? It’s bad enough that the mainstream press does it every time a cyclist is hit by a motor vehicle but for a cycling magazine to phrase sentences like this is ridiculous.

  • Brian Turpin

    Absolutely shocking that this junction should claim so many lives I would urge readers to join the London Cycling Campaign to pressure the authorities to take more urgent action.
    Local parents are apparently banning their children from using this junction but I shudder to think of how many other potential accidents could occur before cyclists – including more recent converts – are safely protected. In the meantime I would urge cyclists to consider whether they should seek alternative routes.

  • Michelle Lee

    I don’t think that cyclists should share the road with motorists it is too dangerous for both drivers and cyclists. I know that in London my idea would not work due to the lack of space on the roads but I really feel that cyclists should be able to use pavements, They should give way to pedestrians but on quiet pavements and in rural areas they should be able to use the pavements. I hate overtaking wobbling cyclists and I have had so many near misses when other cars have overtaken cyclists and veered onto my side of the road narrowly missing a head on collision, this happens almost daily where I live and yet I can drive for miles without seeing a single pedestrian on the pavement.

  • Ken Evans

    “Bow roundabout is an infamous blackspot for incidents involving cyclists. In January 2012, Transport for London announced a redesign of the junction after two cyclists were killed by HGVs in 2011.”—–Please make some emergency changes to this junction, to stop this needless slaughter. Such incidents give cycling a bad image, and give a false impression as to how dangerous cycling is, per journey made. A few incidents, at a few badly designed junctions, shouldn’t make people think that cycling isn’t a viable means of transport in London.

  • Robert

    Jonathan Croft wrote “Knives are officially less dangerous than bikes. Shocking”. What is even more shocking is that anyone should say such a thing when this incident actually demonstrates that motor vehicles, and more specifically HGVs, are ‘more dangerous than knives’. A perfect illustration of the way the ‘road safety’ debate is dominated by motor-vehicle centric thinking!

  • andrew B

    just like to point out your picture shows cyclists cycling the wrong way!

  • Mark

    Just this morning in the space of 10 minutes I watched two cyclists jump RED lights (at different junctions). Does anyone besides me think it might reduce some of the cycling related accidents if this ‘habit’ stopped?

  • Simon Wood

    Jonathan, it’s not bikes that are dangerous…

  • Jonathan Croft

    There have been more cyclists killed on London’s road so far this year than there have been knife fatalities. Knives are officially less dangerous than bikes. Shocking.