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Cyclists to demonstrate at Bank junction

Clifton James and Ying Tao have both died cycling in London

Five hundred cyclists are expected to carry out a vigil and protest at Bank junction on Monday. The demonstration will mark the deaths of Clifton James and Ying Tao, the seventh and eighth people to be killed while cycling on London's streets this year.

The campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists is calling for changes to make London roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians.The changes they want to see include the closure of Bank junction to cars and other vehicles, and a ban on tipper trucks in central London during morning and evening rush hours.

60 year old Clifton James and 26 year old Ying Tao will be remembered at the vigil. Clifton James was killed cycling near his home in Harrow after midnight on the 21st of June and Ying Tao died after being hit by a lorry at Bank on the 22nd of June.


Cyclist dies after Regent Street accident

Cyclist Michael Mason has died, after the accident on Regent Street last month Credit: Metropolitan Police

The victim of a road traffic collision in Regent Street has died.Michael Mason, 70, died at the Royal London Hospital following the accident on 25 February.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to come forward after Mr Mason, who was on a bicycle, was seriously injured in a road traffic collision at around 6:20pm on Regent Street, near the junction with Little Portland Street.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene. No arrest was made. Enquires are continuing.


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Boris Johnson says an outright ban is "not practical", adding lorries are needed for construction, they are needed for the economy Credit: Press Association
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Boris Johnson insists cycling in London 'getting safer'

Mayor Boris Johnson is facing questions from the London Assembly about the spate of cycle deaths. He repeats the line that overall the number of fatalities is declining, saying:

Whichever way you cut it you are looking at a reduction in fatalities, statistically it is getting safer to cycle.

I will not be deflected from our course which is to encourage more cycling in London.

Olympic champion defends Boris Johnson over cycling

Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman has ridden to the defence of Boris Johnson over cycling safety.

Chris Boardman cycling with Boris Johnson through central London Credit: Press Association

Chris Boardman, who is British Cycling's policy adviser, said:

"I don't want to join in with this 'Boris bashing'. Boris is the only person who had the guts to do something about cycling in London. Boris said he was actually going to put money into cycling in the capital. He appointed Andrew Gilligan as cycling commissioner.

"I have a lot of time for Boris and Andrew. Boris has a really tough job. Cyclists are vulnerable and it's tough cycling round the capital. All road-users must obey the rules of the road. It makes me mad to see cyclists behaving badly on the road."

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