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Thirteen cycling deaths in 2013 - eight involving lorries

After a female cyclist died yesterday after a collision with a lorry, Transport for London released figures about the number of deaths cycling deaths in the capital since 2010:

  • 2010: 10 deaths, 4 involved heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)
  • 2011: 16 deaths, 12 involved HGVs
  • 2012: 14 deaths, 5 involved HGVs
  • 2013: 13 deaths, 8 involved HGVs

Five cyclists dead in nine days in London

A cyclist died after being hit by a double decker bus in the early hours of this morning - the second person to be killed in a cycling accident on London's roads in 24 hours.

Five cyclists have died in just nine days in the capital.

Police were called to the junction of Whitechapel Road and Commercial Road in Aldgate, east London, at around 11.30pm last night to reports of a collision between the bus and a cyclist.

The man was treated on the roadside by the London Ambulance Service but died in hospital at around 4am today, Scotland Yard said.

No one has been arrested and investigations are under way to locate the cyclist's next of kin.

It brings the total number of cyclists killed on London's roads this year to 13.


Sport Minister calls for a Tour de France race for women

A Tour de France race for women should be introduced, Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has said.

Britain's Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de France. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The minister said he would do everything he could to make sure women are included in cycling's elite event after Labour called for a women's race to be included in the 2014 Tour - which will begin in Yorkshire.

During culture, media and sport questions, Mr Robertson said: "The slight complication about the Tour de France is that it's run by a private organisation and not by the international federation.

"Clearly it therefore exists on sponsorship and other things so there are a number of factors to sort out.

"But the central point is absolutely correct. This should be competed for by men and women alike and I will do everything I can to help that."

Armstrong and Sunday Times agree settlement

The Sunday Times was forced to settle a claim with Lance Armstrong in 2006 and agreed to pay him £300,000, the newspaper reported (£).

Armstrong has reached a confidential settlement with the paper. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Wire

But after his sensational confession the paper launched a High Court bid to return the money, plus £720,000 in costs, and have now reached a confidential settlement, the newspaper said today.

It said Walsh and English had "reached a mutually acceptable final resolution to all claims against Lance Armstrong related to the 2012 High Court proceedings and are entirely happy with the agreed settlement, the terms of the which remain confidential.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong agrees Libel deal

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with The Sunday Times who he sued for a £1 million over an article suggesting he was using performance enhancing drugs before his confession.

Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with The Sunday Times. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

The multiple winner of the Tour de France admitted last year to doping during his career, revealing his repeated denials were "one big lie".

The American sued the newspaper nine years ago for libel following the article, seeking damages from the chief sports writer David Walsh and deputy sports editor at the time Alan English.

Armstrong settles with S Times after £1m libel claim

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has reached an agreed settlement with The Sunday Times, which had accused him of deceit and sued him for more than £1 million, the newspaper (£) is reporting.

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles last year Credit: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press/Press Association

In 2004, Armstrong had sued the newspaper for libel after it published an article suggesting he might have used performance-enhancing substances.

He then sought damages from the newspaper's chief sports writer David Walsh and Alan English, who was deputy sports editor.


David Cameron urges Britons to get on their bikes

David Cameron has ridden intermittently around Westminster during his years in politics. Credit: Jeff Moore/Empics Entertainment

Prime Minister David Cameron has urged Britons to get on their bikes after his Government pledged £94m more investment in national cycling schemes.

"The £94 million will make a real difference," he said. "A lot of people want to cycle and we want to make it easier for them to do so."

Mr Cameron added: "Only 2% of journeys in this country are made by cycle. In Germany it's 14% and in Holland it's 33%. So we could do a lot better."

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'Super Cycle Highway' launched

The Leeds Liverpool Canal will benefit from the £30m investment. Credit: ITV

Leeds city council have unveiled their £30 million pound 'superhighway' - a dedicated cycle lane to take riders safely through Leeds and Bradford, along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal (above).

Launching the scheme, Councillor James Lewis promised that the dedicated segregated pathway would mean cyclists could stay away from cars to allow for safer journeys, and also encourage commuters to leave their cars and cycle to work.

Currently around 2% of the population of Leeds and Bradford cycle to work, which officials hope will rise significantly.

The 'Super Cycle Highway' aims to capitalise on Tour De France fever and encourage a new generation of yellow jersey riders.

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