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03 April 2014 | General News, Transport | By: Rachel Holdsworth

Cyclist Dies In Collision With HGV At Ludgate Circus

Cyclist Dies In Collision With HGV At Ludgate Circus


A cyclist died at Ludgate Circus this morning following a collision with a lorry. The driver stopped but has not been arrested.

HGVs present a significant danger to cyclists on London's roads; of the 57 cyclists to die since 2010, 31 were involved in collisions with HGVs, yet HGVs make up only around 4% of traffic. Boris Johnson has got Transport for London and the boroughs to join forces and ban all unsafe vehicles from within the M25, a move that should come into force later this year.

This cyclist is the third to die in London in 2014. Kevin Lane died in February after a collision with car in South Woodford, and Michael Mason died three weeks after a crash in Regent Street.

Update #1: Assembly Member Darren Johnson points out that Ludgate Circus is one of the junctions dropped from TfL's safety review list; it originally featured on the list of 100 but not on the reduced list of 33. He said:

"This absolutely tragic news is made all the more poignant by the fact that TfL recently decided to cancel the major safety overhaul it had deemed necessary at this blackspot. Six cyclists were killed or seriously injured here in the space of five years yet despite this dreadful toll TfL aren’t going to get this junction sorted out. We are seeing this pattern of inaction all across the road network in London and it is unacceptable."

Update #2: TfL has pointed out that Ludgate Circus is part of the planned North-South cycle superhighway and so is due to be fully segregated.

Photo by World of Tim from the Londonist Flickr pool

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Spot on quote. Boris Johnsons cuts and inaction, and his deceptive talk on this tragic issue over over his past six years has simply been a disgrace.

Dave Pearce

Its hardly surprising that this happened. As sad as it is, this junction is an infestation of cyclists all trying to get through any small gap, ahead of everyone else.
sometimes i think Cyclists forget drivers only have two eyes and cant be looking 360 degrees all the time.

"Ban all unsafe vehicles" should include all unsafe road users IMO, and this of course includes unsafe cyclists


Dave Pearce, I don't think you know that Ludgate Circus was 'infested with cyclists' this morning. I was there. I didn't see it happen, but I heard a loud crunch, followed by the crying and keening of witnesses. I turned round instantly. I don't think there were many if any other cyclists, though obviously I can't know exactly what happened. The police were on the scene instantly; ambulances followed shortly after. Very efficiently handled. Sad that this was still too late for the unfortunate victim.


Quite simply I have read about a system called Cycle Alert, and from what I can see of this terrible accident that bike would have been picked up before it got near the front wheel of that lorry and probably saved the life of the cyclist.

Alex Smith

i use trains tubes buses and trams often for about the same price you lot pay for a bike and i live in a zone 5 area most cyclists live closer to london the i do so isn't it time to think hang on yes bikes keep you fit but trains and tubes are safer and quicker and i am sure just for a bit more money you would pay it or if you intend to stay cycling stop weaving in and out of traffic and wait at a red light and don't go near HGV's and big vehicles like buses

Alex Smith

where do all you cyclists live yes season travel cards are expensive at 1472 quid for zones 1-3 and more the further you live but is saving money worth it by getting a bike to cycle to work to avoid crowded tubes and trains your life is worth loads london is unable to cope with loads of cyclists its a city and i wonder how many of you keen cyclists will sell your bike now coz i am sure you don't want to die early no one does so when you step on to your bike remember can i do my journey on other ways like trains etc they may be expensive and crowded but i have got use to them and its warmer during winter times


I have spent in excess of 3k on each truck I own to make them cycle friendly ie. safety bars under run bars side scan side chat to alert that we are turning left, cameras all the way round the trucks and also sent drivers on safe urban driving courses , these courses send them out on bikes to see from a cyclists view of the dangers that there are. We do not want deaths on our roads or in our lives, we want safety first. Sadly cyclists think they are untouchable, what training do they have, there is no legislation for bike riders no insurance no laws to ensure they have lights or helmets. One on my drivers was turni9ng left at a junction, a cyclist was leaning on his nearside step, driver turned on his left turn indicator " warning vehicle turning left blasted out" cyclist raised two fingers and drove of through the red light. Education is needed both ways, its not just the HGV at fault. This is not a rant its a worry, my drivers worry about cyclists we see them day in day out riding through lights etc. EDUCATION is needed, cyclists need to attend courses to sit in a truck and see what we see please. EDUCATION

Dave H

There is a statutory duty for TfL and all other roads authorities to investigate RTC's and from the findings to act in ways that either remove the hazard entirely (in this case that might be a left turns ban for large vehicles, of designing the road geometry to avoid a truck being over on the right side of the lane(s) and turning left across cycle and car traffic - yes it happens to cars as well) alternatively there may be a measure to manage the risk robustly (quite frankly the facile assumption at Bow that relying on drivers and cyclists to comply very precisely with a complex arrangement of traffic signals to avoid being in the same place at the same time, sums up much of the signage and other measures implemented on the name of safety).

Now obviously at a location with several crashes one might expect to have a series of 'Section 39' reports. Where are they? A crashed aircraft or train will generate a report with recommendations WHICH IS PUBLISHED. We would cut out a pile of this speculation, and sniping if crashes generated objective and impartial reports by a credible agency, that clearly spelled out the complete picture of causal factors (without placing blame on any party), and made clear recommendations about preventing any future crash of the same type.

It would appear that there is a legal requirement for such reports to be produced. I've been trying since the end of last year to find any roads authority which is delivering them - save for very general reviews, which, for London, can be found on TfL's website.

Construction sites, the Rail Industry &c. have turned around the annual toll in deaths and serious injuries because they have done such investigations, and acted on measures called for by those reports AND those reports are publicly available.

Now TfL and others how about delivering what the law demands?

Ken Pork

Intersting to see all the rants on here. Amazing that a lot of you are quite inert to the fact that a lfe was iost.
One thing no one is taking into account is we don't know whose fault it was.
Andrea I can see you're on your soapboax again about nastybritain (I won't deign to support your pathetic campaign with a hashtag) bleating on about drivers murdering cyclists.
None of you know what happened. None of you know who's fault it is. I'm both a cyclist, pedestrian and public transport user in London and I think I have a fairly balanced view of what it's like on the roads. The fact is that whilst road users HAVE to be educated to use the roads in this country cyclists DO NOT. Sure there are voluntary schemes but there is no equivalent of a driving test or MOT for cyclists. I have seen some extraodinarily dangerous behaviour from all sorts of traffic users but the fact is that cyclists are the most vunerable. However they get away with jumping red lights (I saw 8 people do this at the same junction in the City on Tueday), wearing headphones and using mobile phones. You can't expect other vehicle drivers to take responsiblity for that.
There has been a massive surge in the last 2-3 years of cyclists on the roads in London; the majority of whom I'm sure are prefectly capable of keeping themselves safe. But I bet that for every 5 of them there will be one person who has jumped on the cycling bandwagon because they've seen everyone else do it but has no clue about road safety and off they go blithely weaving in and out of the traffic without a care in the world.
Its an utter tragedy that this person died. Some family has lost a very special person in their lives. Whoever the driver was they'll never be the same either.
It brings me back to my original point. You don't know what happened. You don't know whether it was the driver's fault or the cyclist's fault.
Don't point the finger of blame. Education is the key. Force ALL road users to take road safety training.