PETITION: Two cyclists seriously injured in London lorry crashes

Cycle training for London's lorry drivers, such as these from Lambeth, can raise awareness and save lives.

 UPDATED: Sunday 6 Feb 2011
Sadly, the cyclist hit by the left-turning lorry in Hackney died in Hospital a few days after the crash. LCC sends its sincerest condolences to his family.

Two cyclists have been seriously injured in collisions with lorries on London's roads in the space of 48 hours, bringing fresh calls for cyclists to sign the No More Lethal Lorries petition.

On Tuesday 1 February 2011, some time before 8am, a male cyclist was in a collision with a tanker on Brixton Road, one of south London's busiest cycle commuter routes.

Few details of the crash are known, though witnesses report seeing a damaged hybrid bicycle and a young man with serious leg injuries.

Around 4.45pm on Wednesday 2 February 2011 another male cyclist was hit by a left-turning lorry at Dalston Junction.

Tha man is in a critical condition in Homerton Hospital.

Charlie Lloyd, LCC campaigns officer said, "All our hopes and wishes are with these cyclists and their families."

Cyclists are urged to sign LCC's No More Lethal Lorries petition, which is calling for all councils to provide on-bike cycle training for its drivers.

LCC's Mike Cavenett said, "At present cycle training for London lorry drivers is the exception. We want to normalise this practice, starting with local councils, which have a special responsibility for the safety of their constituents.

"Eventually, we want every lorry driver in London to have done some form of cycle-awareness training."

LCC is campaigning to have its five-point plan put in place to reduce the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured in lorry crashes.