Cyclist And Pedestrian Die In Separate Collisions

cyclists_080414A cyclist died after an apparent hit and run incident in Clapham last week. Police say a black BMW 5 series with tinted windows failed to stop at the scene at 10.25am on Friday, and carried on north up Clapham Manor Street. The 26 year old male cyclist suffered head injuries and died on Saturday. He is the fourth cyclist to die in London this year, and follows a death at Ludgate Circus last week.

On Monday night a man died after being hit by a car outside Bow Road police station at 9.45pm. The driver stopped and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

A number of inquests into last autumn’s series of cycling deaths will take place this week; the first, into the death of Francis Golding at the junction of Southampton Row and Theobalds Road, happened yesterday. Mr Golding was hit by a coach that was turning left and indicating. A witness, another cyclist, said ”I don’t think he was paying enough attention for two seconds of his journey and he really paid the consequence”.

Coroner Mary Hassell — who was extremely critical of cycle superhighways during inquests into the deaths of Brian Dorling and Philippine De Gerin-Ricard — summed up the incident by saying of Mr Golding “he just didn’t see [the coach]“. But she castigated Camden Council for a “lack of urgency” in improving the junction since his death in November 2013. The junction in Holborn has seen 77 collisions in the last 10 years, 29 involving cyclists and three which were fatal.

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  • cocoapony

    There cannot be any reasonable or real improvement to cycling safety, and there is a simple reason for this: Boris’s TFL strategy manifesto makes motor vehicle circulation inexorably and implacably the top priority in any scheme.

    Key proposal #4:

    “Smoothing traffic flow”

    This means any proposal put forward that concretely promotes improvement to cycle safety will by its very nature self-invalidate;
    because it will inevitably prevent this box from being ticked.

    As if to ensure this impotence, Key proposal #5 is merely the abstract and ambiguous aim of

    “Encouraging a cycling revolution”

    So far we have merely seen Boris hand a great big promo opportunity to his mates at Barclays: Blue bikes and a handful of blue lanes.

  • cocoapony
  • Giles Cudmore

    I love riding around London, it does seem to be an extreme sport though, having bikes share space with buses is ridiculous. I was not shocked to see a BMW involved in one of these incidents, drivers of BMW’s have cause me more close calls than any other vehicle.

  • Londoner

    20 mph speed limit for all in Central London. That would sort out a lot of problems.

    • Jon Collins

      A ban on all private transport within Central London would be more effective.

      • Dave H

        Interesting proposal. I’m trying to imagine London’s roads reserved exclusively for public transport and emergency services vehicles. No private motorists to clog up the roads. No private cyclists to annoy the pedestrians. Sounds like quite a revolution, albeit an unrealistic one.

        Would taxis be allowed under your ban? I can’t decide whether or not they qualify as private transport. I’m guessing Boris bikes are OK, as they’re not privately-owned.

        Unfortunately, I can see London’s shops suffering somewhat if all of their stock had to be delivered by public transport or on foot. Maybe they could arrange for it to be delivered by helicopter? Or narrowboat, for those shops lucky enough to be situated near a canal?

        And now I think about it, construction might slow down somewhat if none of the materials could be brought in by road. Still, who needs stuff to be built, eh? (Apart from Crossrail and other infrastructure projects, of course, which might turn out to be rather important in a public-transport-only London.)

  • vgh

    A BMW driver driving erratically? Quelle surprise! The fact the driver drove off after killing someone makes me dislike BMW drivers even more…

  • stephen cressey

    Why is the death of a cyclist more important than the death of a pedestrian.
    It seems that government both local and national care about cyclists more than pedestrians.