Call for cyclist safety summit

A Parliamentary safety group is urging London Mayor Boris Johnson to hold a safety summit following the spate of cyclists' deaths in the capital. There was "a need for urgent action", said the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.

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London Mayor urged to get to grips with road safety

After a week which saw a spate of fatal cycling accidents in London, Boris Johnson is being urged to get to grips with road safety by holding a special 'Safety Summit'.

The Mayor has been handed a letter from a parliamentary group demanding immediate, urgent action. The family of cyclist Venera Minakhmetova, who was killed at the Bow Roundabout, added to those calls, saying her death must lead to change.

Luke Hanrahan reports:

Large vehicles can be 'killing machines' to cyclists

Britain's most senior police officer has warned that large vehicles can be "killing machines" and cyclists can find themselves in the path of a lorry or bus with "one wobble" in the wake of a spate of bike deaths.

Metropolitan Police Commissoner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has warned that large vehicles can be "killing machines" Credit: PA

Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said drivers and cyclists need to think about how they use the road.

Speaking on LBC 97.3, he said: "We've all got to think about the way that we drive and the way that we cycle. It is difficult for the drivers.

"They're big vehicles, they can't always see out properly but they've got to take a little bit more care. When you've got such a big vehicle, then obviously they can be killing machines".

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Sister of victim says cycle system 'not working'

The sister of a cyclist who was killed at Bow roundabout on Wednesday said the situation on London roads is "not working", according to the Evening Standard.

Venera Minakhmetova, 24, was killed after colliding with a lorry at Bow Roundabout during Wednesday morning's rush hour.

Writing from Russia, the victim's sister, Dina Minakhmetova, said:

Her death should be treated as a sign the time has come to try to change things.

The had a purpose to achieve something, so let's achieve all together the end of such tragic deaths by doing something, by letting know people around that the situation on the streets isn't to be ignored.... the system isn't working.

– Dina Minakhmetova

Parliamentary group calls for cyclist safety summit

A Parliamentary safety group is urging London Mayor Boris Johnson to hold a safety summit following the spate of cyclists' deaths in the capital.

There was "a need for urgent action", said the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (Pacts) which has written to Mr Johnson.

Pacts executive director David Davies said: "The boom in cycling in London has many benefits and we support it but the tragic events of the past few days show that there is a need for urgent action.

"We are therefore calling on the mayor to convene a cycling safety summit to see what can be done immediately to make cyclists safer.

"It is essential that actions are based on good evidence and well targeted. We must avoid knee-jerk reactions and measures that might be counterproductive."

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Superhighways to be upgraded after cyclist deaths

The mayor's cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan has said that there are plans to upgrade the cycle superhighways, after five cyclists were killed in London.

We have already reviewed the superhighways.

As a result of that review, we announced last week that we would substantially upgrade them all, including Cycle Superhighway 2, which will be rebuilt with full or semi segregation along its entire length and five new cycle-signalised junctions, with cycle-specific traffic lights and segregated approaches to separate cyclist movements from traffic movements.

– ANDREW GILLIGAN, CYCLING COMMISSIONER

Police appeal over cyclist death in Aldgate

Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident involving a 205-route bus, in which a cyclist, believed to be in his 30s, was killed.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision, police added.

The victim, who has not yet been identified, was taken to an east London hospital. Police added there had been no arrests and inquiries continued.

Junction in east London where a bus collided with a cyclist Credit: ITV London/ Simon Harris

Mayor under pressure as another cyclist is killed

The mayor is under pressure to take action to make cycling in London safer after another cyclist was killed on the streets. A man was hit by a bus late last night crossing the Cycle Super Highway in Aldgate East. That means in the past nine days five people have been killed.

Today the mayor defended his bike policy for London and said cyclists need to stop breaking the law in order to stay safe. Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

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