Nine cyclists have been killed in London so far this year, with the latest victim fatally injured on Tuesday (November 5) after being struck by a tipper lorry.
A 62-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a tipper lorry pulling away from stationary traffic on Mile End Road.
He is the ninth cyclist to have died on London’s roads this year, with seven of these incidents involving a lorry.
In a bid to reduce the number of cyclist deaths in the capital, four superhighways have been launched and a further eight are in the pipeline for 2015.
Mayor Boris Johnson said: “If one cyclist dies that is one too many.”
However, he added that in general, the number of deaths on the roads has come down even though trips by bike are going up.
London’s cycle superhighways
Mile End Road forms part of a “Barclays cycle superhighway”, a cycle route that runs from outer London into the centre of the capital.
Just a day after the 62-year-old was killed, an extension of one of four cycle superhighways was officially opened.
The route from Aldgate to Bow has been extended by almost two miles into Stratford, with the new section segregated from traffic. It also includes redesigned bus stops to give cyclists more protection when passing buses.
A new route has also been announced, from Elephant and Castle to King’s Cross. The route will run through Blackfriars Road and Blackfriars Bridge.
The north-south route will meet with the east-west cycle superhighway from Barking to west London at Blackfriars.
Pros and cons
Mike Cavenett, spokesman for London Cycling Campaign, said segregated lanes would mean cyclists do not have to cross several lanes of traffic.
“It’s got a degree of safety and comfort. If you look at the inner section which goes from Aldgate to Bow it’s literally a death trap,” he said.
However, some serious concerns have been raised about the superhighways by the coroner involved in recent inquests into cyclist deaths.
Coroner Mary Hassell said: “It just seems it’s an accident waiting to happen if cyclists are guided into space where the blue paint is on the left, then they are in the very place where the lorry is most likely to hit them.
“It seems like they are getting into the space where they are most vulnerable.”
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