UPDATED: Woman cyclist fatality on Victoria Street highlights urgent need for safer lorries

LCC has renewed its calls for lorries to be made safer after a woman was killed this morning by a construction lorry while cycling through a junction in central London.

The fatal crash took place in Westminster, where Palace Street meets Victoria Street at approximately 8.25am during the Monday morning rush hour.

The victim has been named as Dr Katharine Giles (pictured below), a lecturer in climate science at University College London.

A colleague described her as having "a bright future ahead of her" and said her department felt "a sense of outrageous unfairness" at her loss.

It's believed the cyclist and the lorry were turning left on to Victoria Street when the collision took place.

Some hours after the crash, a mangled red bicycle with a basket was still at the side of the road, with the tipper lorry parked some distance up the road.

Victoria Street was closed all morning between Palace Road and Artillery Road while police investigated the crash.

Each year, half the cyclist fatalities in the capital involve lorries, and about three-quarters of those involve vehicles from the construction industry.

LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, "It's terrible to hear about yet another cyclist-lorry fatality, and our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends.

"While we don't know enough about this incident to comment on specifics, the large number of cyclist-lorry fatalities in London clearly shows that reducing the danger from lorries must be a major priority for the city.

"Separating bikes and lorries by building continental-style infrastructure, as called for by our Love London, Go Dutch campaign, is an essential part of the process, while action should also be taken now to make lorries safer.

"Every lorry on London’s streets should be driven by someone who’s had cyclist-awareness training, on a bike as well as in a classroom, and all lorries should have the latest safety equipment such as mirrors, cameras and sensors."

LCC is urging everyone to write to their council calling on them to take our Safer Lorries pledge, calling for them to only use the safest lorries and best-trained drivers.
"There's a strong argument for banning lorries in London during morning peak hours or redesigning them to make them safer."

So far seven councils have taken our Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling pledge.

Tell your council to use Safer Lorries

This week London bus company Stagecoach announced it will be giving all 1500 drivers on-bike cyclist-awareness training.