Cyclist fatality after midnight crash on Harrow rat-run road

 Crash location from www.openstreetmap.org

London Cycling Campaign is very saddened to hear the news of a cyclist's death in the early hours of Sunday morning, 21st June.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

 

Press reports say that the cyclist, a man in his 50s or 60s died at the scene of the crash on Forward Drive, Harrow shortly after midnight.  As yet we have very few details of the crash. The Metropolitan Police have called for witnesses, asking people to contact detectives on 020 8991 9555 if they have any information that could help.

The driver of the car involved stopped at the scene and a 31 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

LCC Chief Executive Ashok Sinha said '“Without commenting on this particular, case speed, and poor road layout, are major contributions to deaths and serious injury to cyclists and pedestrians. As well as protected space for cycling on major roads, a 20 mph speed limit – properly enforced – must be made the norm on London’s streets, with heavy sanctions against those who break it".

Forward Drive forms part of one of the few East-West link roads through this part of Harrow. It is popular with cyclists but is also notorious for rat-running motor traffic. The layout of the road has been criticised by a local cycling campaigner and infrastructure expert on the Vole O'Speed blog.

Forward Drive was built some 50 years ago after the railway link from Stanmore Village was closed in 1964. The Belmont Tail cycling and walking route runs on the old rail alignment and joins the busy road just east of Forward Drive.

The road is signposted as a cycle route but there is no provision for safe cycling. The carriageway width varies alarmingly and there is a successions of nasty roundabouts designed to speed up through traffic rather than enable safe crossing points.

This man is the seventh cyclist to die on London streets in 2015. The previous six fatalities all involved heavy goods vehicles.