Hundreds turn out for Bow vigil but Transport for London fails to commit to improving safety

On Friday 18 November 2011 a large crowd of wellwishers joined friends and relatives to pay their respects at a candlelit vigil in honour of the two cyclists who died recently at Bow roundabout.

A ghost bike was installed on the northern side of the roundabout, near the spot where Brian Dorling was hit by a lorry on 24 October.

Meanwhile, friends and relatives gathered on the opposite side of the roundabout to pay their respects to Svitlana Tereschenko, the 34-year-old Ukrainian woman killed on Friday 11 November.

In the centre of the busy roundabout, a large crowd huddled together to hear the bereaved families, friends, colleagues, and local politicians unite in their calls for Bow roundabout to be made safe for cyclists.

LCC spokesperson Mustafa Arif said, "It's vitally important that Boris Johnson acts now. There's no need for any further reviews at Bow; they already know what needs to be done here."

Earlier in the evening Transport for London announced a review of major junctions on all the Cycle Superhighways, but failed to commit to implementing safety works proposed by either the London Cycling Campaign or its own consultants for Bow roundabout. 

photos Ben Broomfield