Lethal lorries not fit for London, says LCC as two more killed on city streets

Skip lorry at the scene where a cyclist died. Credit: Charlie Lloyd

On Tuesday 22 March 2011 two more vulnerable Londoners were killed after being hit by large lorries, highlighting the importance of LCC's Day of Action against lorry deaths.

One of the dead was a pedestrian, while the other was riding a bicycle, exposing the risk that HGVs currently pose to all unprotected road users: walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists.

LCC is dedicated to reducing the danger of lorries in London, especially those working in the construction and waste-management industries, and is calling on all cyclists to sign its driver-training petition.

Pedestrian killed in Brixton

The first death was in Acre Lane, Brixton, immediately beside Lambeth Town Hall, where a 30-year-old man on foot was hit by a lorry, reported to be a scaffolding transporter.

Some early press reports suggested the victim was a cyclist, a mistake that created more press interest than is usually given to pedestrian casualties.

At least four pedestrians have been killed by lorries already in London this year.

LCC works in partnership with London Living Streets and RoadPeace to reduce lorry danger for all road users.

On LCC's Day of Action, on Wednesday 30 March 2011, thousands more cyclists will be asked to sign our petition calling for cycle-awareness training for London lorry drivers.

Another cyclist dead in Southwark

The 20-year-old male cyclist was killed four hours later, four miles away, in a crash with a skip lorry in Southwark.

The lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, and was later released on bail.

The cyclist fatality happened at the junction of Jamaica Road and Tanner Street, where the notorious Bermondsey one-way system begins.

In spring 2010, Professor David Vilaseca was killed by a 32-tonne skip lorry just 300 metres away and Aris Ahmed died in nearby Weston Street.

Heading west along Jamaica Road, many cyclists go straight ahead into the bus and cycle lane on Tooley Street, which creates confusion for all road users as motorists accelerate away from traffic lights.

This layout is similar to the start of the Kings Cross gyratory on Pentonville Road, which was remodelled to reduce vehicle capacity and make it safer after cyclist Madeleine Wright was killed by a lorry in 2007.

Freight industry creates danger

LCC's lorry campaigner Charlie Lloyd said, "Creating danger for all road users is a major failing of the transport and construction industries.

Providing on-bike cycle-awareness training is the most cost-effective way of changing driver behaviour.

"We're calling on all London borough councils to lead the way, training their drivers to be the best."

Please sign LCC's petition at No More Lethal Lorries.