Police appeal over cyclist death

Police are appealing for information about the death of a cyclist who was killed in a road crash just hours after the successful first RideLondon festival. The man in his late 60s died after a crash with a lorry in north London.

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Mayor spending £1bn to make London roads 'safer'

Cyclist safety is one of the mayor's highest priorities, the Boris Johnson's cycling commissioner said.

Andrew Gilligan said:

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the cyclist who died today.

We are spending almost £1 billion to make London's roads safer for cyclists. We are designing segregated cycleways, rebuilding the most dangerous junctions, and talking to the Government about fitting all lorries with safety equipment.

This work cannot be done instantly - indeed, it would be counterproductive to do so. But it is being done quickly. It is one of the mayor's highest priorities.

Cycling body calls for HGV removal after cyclist death

British Cycling has called for HGVs to be removed during rush hour traffic after a cyclist was killed in a road crash just hours after the successful first RideLondon festival this weekend.

The cycling body's policy and legal affairs director Martin Gibbs,said on Monday:

British Cycling were saddened to hear of the death of a cyclist in London this morning after a brilliant weekend of cycling in the capital.

The vast majority of cycling deaths in London are caused by HGVs and it is essential that we act now. The mayor has promised to study the policy options to remove HGV danger and we urge him to deliver on that without delay.

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Police appeal after cyclist killed in Archway road crash

Police are appealing for information about the death of a cyclist who was killed in a road crash just hours after the successful first RideLondon festival gave a boost to the sport.

The man in his late 60s died after a crash with a lorry in Archway Road, north London, which led to renewed calls for city streets to be made safer for cycling.

The London Ambulance Service, which sent an air ambulance and two ambulance crews after being alerted at 9.40am, said its staff made "extensive efforts" to try to save his life.

Traffic officers from Northolt Road Death Investigation Unit are looking in to the incident and there have been no arrests, Scotland Yard said.

Make streets safer says London Cycling Campaign

The scene where a cyclist died this morning on Archway Road. Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

The London Cycling Campaign has renewed its call for London cyclists to join its 'space for cycling' protest ride on 2 September.

Organisers expect thousands to ride through Parliament Square for the event which they hope will send a message to Mayor Boris Johnson about cycle safety on London's roads.

The lorry involved in the accident in Archway this morning. Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

LCC’s Mike Cavenett said,

"It's dreadful to learn of yet another cycling fatality, and our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends.

“The streets around Archway are a notoriously dangerous place to cycle and walk, and local people have protested in an effort to have the area redesigned to make it more people-friendly, but to date the Mayor and Transport for London have done absolutely nothing.

“We urge all Londoners to join our peaceful protest ride on the evening of Monday 2 September, where we expect thousands to join us to tell the Mayor to provide dedicated space for cycling.”

"Separating bicycles and motor traffic at busy roads and junctions using continental-style infrastructure is an essential part to make cycling safe and inviting for everyone.”

The mass ride on Monday 2 September will be the third such protest - thousands took to the streets in Aldgate and Holborn after fatalities there this year.

A police officer removes the bike from the scene. Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

The protest will leave from Jubilee Gardens, near Waterloo, at 6pm on 2 September.

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Sixth London cyclist killed this year

The incident happened at about 9.50am on Archway Road near the junction of Langdon Park Road.

Two ambulances as well as London's Air Ambulance attended.

A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

“Despite extensive efforts from our staff, sadly a man reported to be in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene.”

He is the sixth cyclist to be killed in London this year.

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