Boris Bike cyclist death

A Boris Bike cyclist who died following a collision with a lorry in Whitechapel last Friday has been formally identified as 20-year-old Philippine Degerin-Ricard.

Boris Bike cyclist who died in collision named

A Boris Bike cyclist who died following a collision with a lorry in Whitechapel last Friday has been formally identified as 20-year-old Philippine Degerin-Ricard.

A post-mortem examination was held this morning at Poplar Mortuary, which found the cause of death to be multiple injuries. An inquest will open and adjourn on July 10 at Poplar Coroners Court.

Police were called at 6.20pm on July 5 to reports of a collision between a lorry and a cyclist on Whitechapel Road, E1 outside Aldgate East Tube Station.

Police appeal for bike death information

Traffic police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist died following a collision with a lorry in Whitechapel yesterday.

Officers attended and London Ambulance Service took the cyclist, a 20-year-old woman, to an east London hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Next of kin have not yet been informed.

A post mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Chadwell Heath Traffic Garage are carrying out enquires into the circumstances of the collision.

Any witnesses are asked to call police on 0208 597 4874.

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More details on death of Boris Bike cyclist

A 20-year-old woman has died after the "Boris Bike" she was riding was in collision with a lorry.

The accident happened in Whitechapel High Street in east London yesterday evening.

Transport for London (TfL) said it is the first fatality involving one of the hire bikes, dubbed Boris Bikes after being launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson in 2010.

The incident is believed to have occurred on Cycle Superhighway 2 outside Aldgate East underground station.

"Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the female cyclist who tragically died ... following a collision with a heavy goods vehicle on Whitechapel High Street. We understand she was riding a Barclays Cycle Hire bike.TfL has a range of measures already under way to further reduce the number of collisions involving cyclists across London and we will be assisting the Metropolitan Police with their investigation into this tragic incident."

– Leon Daniels, Transport for London

The Barclays cycle routes run from outer London to the centre and are designed to provide "safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city", according to TfL.

Four have been opened so far, with a further eight to be introduced by 2015.

Scene of Boris Bike collision

Scene of crash
The driver of the lorry stopped at the scene outside Aldgate East station last night. No arrests have been made. Credit: ITN
Scene of crash
Flowers have been left at the scene of the fatal collision in east London. Credit: ITN
Scene of crash
Transport for London said it was the first fatality involving a "Boris bike" since the scheme started in 2010. Credit: ITN

First Boris Bike cyclist death

A cyclist riding a Boris bike has died after a crash involving a lorry in east London.

Boris bikes
Transport for London said it was the first fatality involving a "Boris bike" since the scheme started in 2010. Credit: Reuters/Toby Melville

The female cyclist was hit on the junction of Commercial Street and Whitechapel Road outside Aldgate East station on Friday evening.

London Ambulance Service was called to the scene at 1830 BST and she was taken to a hospital, but pronounced dead.