Woman on Cycle Hire bike killed in lorry crash at Aldgate East during evening rush hour
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 09:16am 06 Jul 2013
- Posted in: Blog, Press, Tower Hamlets
- Tagged with: lorry, cycle superhighway, fatality, aldgate, Boris Bike, Hire Bike
- Boroughs: Tower Hamlets
London's cyclists have been horrified by the death of young woman in a lorry crash while cycling along Aldgate during Friday evening rush hour.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of this latest victim, named as 20-year-old French student Philippine De Gerin-Ricard from the south of France who was working in London to improve her English.
Transport for London has confirmed that the woman was riding a Barclays Cycle Hire bicycle on the Mayor's Cycle Superhighway 2, which runs from Aldgate to Bow roundabout.
The collision took place on Whitechapel High Street at the junction with Commercial Street.
Full details aren't yet known, but it appears that an articulated lorry loaded with a shipping container was heading east on this section of the Inner London Ring Road when the crash happened.
This is the first fatality involving a Cycle Hire 'Boris Bike', which up until now have had a good safety record compared to other cycle hire schemes.
This junction has been highlighted as one of the worst on the Transport for London Road Network, and is being looked at by the TfL Better Junctions Review.
However, both the London Cycling Campaign and the Mayor's Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, have rejected proposals put forward by Transport for London to improve it because they haven't been good enough.
LCC's Charlie Lloyd said: "We've been urging Transport for London to transform these roads in inner London to make them safer for the thousands of cyclists who use the Cycle Superhighways every day.
"Work is due to start soon on the redesigned City of London one-way system to the west of this area, which will be a major improvement, but still falls short of the 'Go Dutch' standards promised by the Mayor for all new road programmes."
Around half of London's cycling fatalities involve lorries.
Over the last five years the proportion of men and women killed by lorries while cycling has been about the same.
There's a BBC report featuring LCC's lorry expert Charlie Lloyd.