A cyclist who died in West Dulwich after colliding with a lorry has been named locally as Chiara Giacomini. The Evening Standard reports that the 30-year-old had worked at the Tate.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, a spokeswoman for the Tate said: "This is a loss that will be deeply felt across Tate and beyond. Chiara had worked for Tate for eight years, before leaving to take up a new role in August.
"She was a vibrant presence in so many people’s lives, full of imagination, flair and energy."
A lorry driver arrested following a collision in which a cyclist died has been released on bail, pending further inquiries. It happened on West Dulwich this morning. The cyclist, a woman believed to be 30, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Improving road safety is a priority for FTA members and many lorry operators already work to the highest standards. A huge amount of investment has been made by responsible operators who have gone over and above the minimum legal requirements to ensure that safety equipment is fitted to their vehicles. There are better ways of achieving safe roads for all road users.
– Karen Dee, Freight Transport Association
We need to see cyclists taking responsibility for their actions, obeying traffic regulations, giving space to HGVs making manoeuvres and generally riding responsibly. Unless you also improve the behaviour of cyclists, the problem will not improve in the way that everyone wants.
– Met Police
The cyclist, a woman believed aged 30, was pronounced dead at the scene [in Dulwich].
Next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination will be scheduled in due course.
The 40-year-old driver of the HGV lorry, a white Mercedes, stopped at the scene.
He was subsequently arrested in connection with the collision and taken into custody at a south London police station.
On the day Boris Johnson revealed plans to make it safer for cyclists in London, a woman cyclist was killed in West Dulwich. The woman, thought to be in her 30s, died near the junction of Gallery Road and Thurlow Park Road after colliding with a lorry.
Jess Bruce I am a cyclist and I don't believe it is the lorry's fault most of time. I see a lot of other cyclists cutting down sides of buses and lorries where it clearly states on the back of the lorry not to pass.
Stuart Nolan Make it law for all cyclists... young and not so young... to have a road proficiency test (licence) & insurance before being allowed on the public highway.
Iain Ayre If cyclists want more road space for their safety, make them pay for it! Every other road user pays road tax, fuel tax, insurance & has to be licensed & carry a registration on their vehicle.
London's Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy said some operators were still not doing enough to ensure vehicles are safe on London's roads. He said:
"For years we have successfully worked with the freight and construction industries to improve the safety standards on lorries on the capital's streets. However, there are still some operators out there who are not doing enough to ensure their vehicles are as safe as they can be."
Sir Peter Hendy added: "These new measures, including a new Safer Lorry Charge, will ensure safer lorries operate in London and potentially more widely across the whole of the UK."
Kimberley Winter-Sullivan I think we should ban lorries during peak hours in London, or better still only allow lorries through London at night when there are less cyclists and pedestrians about!
Mick Morrell make the cyclist pay to use the road and also make them use cycle lanes they don't bother most of the time they ride down the road and hold up traffic when there is a perfectly good "MARKED" cycle lane on the footpath
Monjur Hussain It seems we blame every road user but the cyclists. .... cars, lorries, buses ... i think its about time we educate the cyclists on how to use the public highways.
@itvlondon all road users (drivers, cyclists, pedestrians) should respect traffic signals
@itvlondon There's already a test for driving. It doesn't stop people driving living like idiots. How would a bike test be any different?