Family, friends and supporters pay tribute to cyclist Ellie Carey killed on Tower Bridge Rd

Family, friends, local residents, politicians, campaigners and concerned Londoners gathered near the place on Tower Bridge Road where cyclist Ellie Carey was struck by a lorry on Friday 2 December 2011.

The crowd observed a minute's silence in memory of Ellie, the 22-year-old student, while speakers called for her death not to be in vain and for decision-makers to make reducing road danger a priority.

Placards held by mourners included 'Make our junction safer' and 'No more cyclist deaths', the former a reference to a two-year battle between locals and Transport for London to have a pedestrian crossing installed at the busy junction.

Ellie's father Allister and brother Peter had travelled from Guernsey to be present at the gathering.

London Assembly members Jenny Jones (Green) and Caroline Pidgeon (Liberal Democrat) took part too, while local councillor Mark Gettleson introduced the event and led the minute's silence.

Southwark MP Simon Hughes addressed the crowd, expressing the desire that Ellie's death wouldn't be in vain: "We've had far too many unnecessary cyclist deaths in London... many of us cycle often and we know London needs to be safer."

Mr Hughes urged all parties to work with the London Cycling Campaign to reduce road danger in this city, and said it was likely to be a key issue during next year's mayoral election:

"We can't have more years in this city where so many young people have their lives ended, not by what they do but by what other people do which impacts upon them."

The vigil came on the same day that the London Assembly voted for a motion calling for a review of all London's dangerous junctions.

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