Boyfriend of cyclist killed at King's Cross calls for Dutch-style bike lanes to reduce road danger
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 01:03am 12 Dec 2011
- Posted in: Blog, Camden
- Tagged with: transport for london, kings cross, min joo lee, camden council, brian paddick
- Boroughs: Camden
In an open letter to Transport for London, the boyfriend of the cyclist killed at King's Cross has called for Dutch-style cycle lanes to reduce road danger in the area.
Kenji Hirasawa (pictured above) said, "I would like the council to consider making the road safer and implementing changes such as providing cycle lanes like those used in the Netherlands..."
TfL has responded that putting potentially life-saving bike lanes through the junction would "cause considerable queues".
24-year-old fashion student Min Joo Lee (also known as 'Deep' Lee, pictured above) died when she was hit from behind by a lorry while riding through the King's Cross gyratory on 3 October 2011.
In 2006, Emma Foa, 56, died after her bike was in collision with a cement mixer lorry in nearby Camley Street, while cyclist Madeline Wright died in 2007 near King’s Cross Station after a collision with a lorry.
In an interview with the Camden New Journal, 29-year-old "heartbroken" Hirasawa spoke about his partner of three years Deep Lee: "She was always smiling and kind and generous to people."
He called for an "immediate solution", saying TfL and Camden Council should feel "ashamed" that a junction of this type existed in "one of the most developed and advanced cities in the world".
He described how TfL officials last week asked him if they could remove the flower-covered memorial bike, which has marked the place where Deep Lee died; he responded that they should "sort the junction out first".
The exchange took place at a special meeting at Camden Town Hall on Monday 5 December 2011 where TfL and council officials gave their reasons for not acting on recommendations from 2008 for improvements in safety at King's Cross.
Limited junction changes are planned in time for the Olympics, but according to TfL these are "predominantly for pedestrians".
Camden Cycling Campaign, the local LCC group, joined the call for cycle lanes to be included in the plans.
Speaking during a visit to King's Cross, Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Brian Paddick also endorsed bike lanes for the junctions, saying "It's better that we have to wait for five minutes in a car than have someone killed."