Sad news from last night: a cyclist has died after being hit by a truck at the junction of Commercial Street and Whitechapel Road in east London. The victim, understood to be a 20-year old woman, was riding a Barclays Cycle Hire bike at the time, marking the first fatality since the programme was introduced nearly three years ago.
The accident happened outside Aldgate East Tube station. The cyclist was travelling along Cycle Superhighway 2, which runs from Aldgate to Bow. In 2011 two cyclists were killed in the space of a month on CS2, near the troublesome junction at Bow flyover; Transport for London has since unveiled plans to redesign cycling facilities at the flyover, but another death on the same route will only bring further attention on the entire Cycle Superhighways project, which has been criticised for being confusing and inconsistent.