Cyclist-HGV fatality in Pimlico raises concerns over cycle lane safety



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A cyclist has died after being hit by a lorry on a road with a "potentially lethal" cycle lane in Pimlico.

Everton Smith, 48, of Fulham, died in the collision around 11.30am on Saturday 22 May 2010, near the junction of Vauxhall Bridge Road and Drummond Gate.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash (call 020 8285 1574).

Cyclists have raised concerns in the past about the narrow cycle lane southbound on Vauxhall Bridge (shown in the video above).

Encourages dangerous passing
The lane encourages cyclists to adopt an unsafe road position, especially in the vicinity of wider vehicles such as lorries and coaches.

Northbound on Vauxhall Bridge Road, near where the crash took place, there is a similarly dangerous narrow cycle lane.

This lanes encourages hazardous road positioning for cyclists turning left into Drummond Gate, or continuing ahead.

Reduced visibility for cyclists
Communications officer Mike Cavenett said, "This cycle lane is so narrow it was almost not possible to put a bicycle logo on it.

"It's a facility that says to drivers that bikes should be in the gutter, and encourages cyclists to ride in a position that National Standards Training says is unsafe. 

"It's not known whether this lane contributed to Mr Smith's death, but something clearly needs to be done about these potentially lethal facilities.

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