UPDATED: Another London cyclist dies in lorry collision, at A13 in Barking and Dagenham
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 02:03pm 20 Nov 2012
- Posted in: Blog, Barking and Dagenham, Croydon
- Tagged with: lorry, HGV, go dutch, safer cycling, safer lorries, tooting
- Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Croydon
Tributes have poured in after the cyclist killed in the latest lorry crash was named as Brian Florey, a 35-year-old father from Canning Town.
The day after the crash the BBC confirmed another cyclist had been killed in Greater London after being involved in a lorry crash.
The fatal collision took place at 10:23am on Monday 19 November 2012 on the westbound A13 Ripple Road, near the Ship and Shovel pub (map) in the borough of Barking and Dagenham.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Met Police on 020 8597 4874 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
LCC is urging people to write to their council leader calling for Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling.
Mr Florey died at the scene of the crash, and a 57-year-old lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
He's the thirteenth cyclist to die in Greater London so far this year, and at least the fourth to be killed in collision with a lorry.
According to the Evening Standard, Mr Florey was a passionate cyclist who was riding a £2000 bike he'd built himself when he died.
His close friend Brian Marsh told reporters:
"He was a doting father and lived for his family. He was a bubbly guy but above all a perfect gentleman.
"He was a good cyclist who rode for a club, he knew what he was doing and had all the gear and was as fit as a fiddle.”
Each year, around half the cyclist fatalities in the capital involve lorries.
LCC campaigns officer Charlie Lloyd, "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young father."
"It’s not possible to say what caused this latest tragedy, but the occurence of yet another cyclist-lorry fatality reinforces the need to address the large number of cyclists and pedestrians killed in lorry crashes every year."
Croydon cyclist injured by lorry
Last week another cyclist suffered head injuries in Croydon, after being hit by a bin lorry.
That crash took place in Aberdeen Road, Croydon (map) at around 9.45am on Friday 16 November, after which a man in his forties was taken by ambulance to St Georges Hospital in Tooting.
We’ve renewed our calls for safe and inviting Dutch-style infrastructure across the city.
However, we recognise it can take years to build safer junctions and reduce motor traffic to levels that provide adequate safety for cycling.
In the meantime, more must be done to protect cyclists and pedestrians, which means making sure every lorry on London’s streets is driven by someone who’s had cyclist-awareness training (preferably on a bike, as well as in a classroom) and all lorries have the best safety equipment such as mirrors, cameras or sensors.
Our Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling campaign is targeting councils because they’re one of the major users of haulage services in the capital, and we say they have a duty to only spend taxpayers’ money on safe lorries.
So far, nearly 1000 people have written to their council leader calling on all councils to only use the best-trained drivers and the best-equipped lorries.