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Incident happened near Bond Street Underground at around 4.30pm on Tuesday

A 73-year-old woman has died in hospital from injuries sustained when she was involved in a collision with a cyclist on London’s Oxford Street earlier this week.

The incident happened close to Bond Street Underground station at around 4.30pm on Tuesday afternoon. The cyclist, a man aged in his 30s, stopped at the scene.

The woman, who was crossing the street on foot when the fatal crash happened, died in hospital on Wednesday morning.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said that no arrests had been made in connection with the incident, although the Evening Standard reported yesterday that the cyclist had been arrested on an unrelated criminal damage offence after police carried out checks on him.

It comes two weeks after cyclist Charlie Alliston was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury of wanton and furious cycling following the death last year of pedestrian Kim Briggs. He was acquitted of her manslaughter.

Mrs Briggs had been crossing London’s Old Street when Alliston, riding a fixed wheel bike with no front brake, meaning it was not legal for use on the road, collided with her, causing fatal head injuries.

The case attracted a huge amount of attention in the mainstream media and is likely to do so again when Alliston, who faces up to two years in jail, is sentenced next week.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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jasecd [500 posts] 3 months ago
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Thats very sad - my symapthies to the victim.

I only hope that this is reported with balance by the broader media.

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ROOTminus1 [17 posts] 3 months ago
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jasecd wrote:

I only hope that this is reported with balance by the broader media.

 

Regrettably, I doubt it will.

BBC wrote:

Two pedestrians were killed in collisions with cyclists across the UK in 2015.

In 2014 there were 6 fatalities due to collisions with cyclists

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-41263926

The reversing of dates gives the impression of an increasing trend, and there being no comparisons to how many peds or cyclists were killed by motor vehicles shows some minor prejudice.

At least (as yet) theres no comment about the state of dress of the rider, like wearing lycra makes someone more/less dangerous than jeans

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snare116 [1 post] 3 months ago
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Whatever happenned and whoever was responsible - lets all hope that that the bike was legal.... please. Although judging by the grainy image on the bbc https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/150A3/production/_97797168_capture3.jpg I'm concerned....

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burtthebike [1222 posts] 3 months ago
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Another tragic collision which the media will undoubtedly use to batter cyclists.  I fully anticipate that the cyclist will be blamed and that there will be no rational analysis of what actually happened.  Did she walk out into the road without looking, which seems the most likely explanation.  I don't want to blame her without evidence but it is the most probable thing.

Will the media be starting a "Look before you step out" campaign to stop pedestrians just walking out into the road because they don't hear a motor vehicle coming?  This is actually becomming more important, as the advent of almost silent electric cars is going to see this happening more often.

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Yorkshire wallet [1575 posts] 3 months ago
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BBC reporting -  cyclist kills pedestrian, sensationalist lines and reaches at some sort of correlation to danger.

BBC news - endlessly full of 'magazine' stories of women's, gay, racial or transexual struggles and the new low of a paedophile story the other day which seemed to try and draw a line between sex offending and paedophilia. It's not their fault, it's just the way it is.

Utter garbage SJW website with barely any actual news, just opinion pieces by 'reporters'. It's basically The Huffington Post.

 

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kitsunegari [327 posts] 3 months ago
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How can we expect balanced reporting when an actual cycling webmagazine devotes fully half of an article to the Charlie Alliston debacle and not the tragedy that it purports to be about?

This is an appalling article Simon MacMichael. I take it you managed to get all of your search engine keywords in the final three paragraphs?

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Grumpy17 [86 posts] 3 months ago
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kitsunegari wrote:

How can we expect balanced reporting when an actual cycling webmagazine devotes fully half of an article to the Charlie Alliston debacle and not the tragedy that it purports to be about?

This is an appalling article Simon MacMichael. I take it you managed to get all of your search engine keywords in the final three paragraphs?

Personally I don't see the wording of this piece as representing any Road CC editorial opinion.

Yes, a parallel has been drawn with the earlier Alliston case but this is no doubt done to invite us to expect and reflect upon the media driven hysteria (from the non-cycling press)  that will inevitably follow. 

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oldstrath [922 posts] 3 months ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

I was quite annoyed by this story when I saw it on the BBC news this morning.

Based on BBC coverage, cyclists really are the biggest menace on the roads... you don't hear any stories about cars hitting and killing pedestrians do you? Very clear to me that cyclists are the biggest killer on our roads. 

 

 

So in summary, I am getting fairly anti any, and all, cycling coverage in main stream press. 

 

 

Really sad to hear that this lady died, that's something know one wants! 

Trouble is, people who rely on their cars and enjoy driving them don't want to be reminded of the reality that their precious is actually a killing machine. Couple that with the ambition of autonomous car developers to rid the roads of nasty troublesome cyclists, the coverage will only ever go one way.

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ChrisB200SX [566 posts] 3 months ago
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BBC: "A man was arrested at the scene on an unrelated criminal damage charge. Police have refused to confirm if he was the cyclist. "

I don't like how the BBC article mentions two people who died after colliding with bicycles but fails to mention the recent case in Reading where a cyclist died after a pedestrian stepped out into the road in front of him.

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burtthebike [1222 posts] 3 months ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:

BBC: "A man was arrested at the scene on an unrelated criminal damage charge. Police have refused to confirm if he was the cyclist. "

I don't like how the BBC article mentions two people who died after colliding with bicycles but fails to mention the recent case in Reading where a cyclist died after a pedestrian stepped out into the road in front of him.

It's quite simple; the BBC hates cyclists.

It has been promoting cycle helmets for thirty years in complete contravention of all its own rules, it rarely mentions cycling without overt or implied criticism, it has programmes for every other means of transport, but not cycling, it completely ignores the massive health benefits of cycling, it won't mention the huge benefits in congestion and pollution of more cycling.  I could go on, but I think I've made it pretty clear.

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pockstone [137 posts] 3 months ago
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The BBC would soon run out of space if it listed every death and recent court case resulting from car/pedestrian 'collisions'as an addendum to the exhaustive reports they run on EVERY such sad event.

Presumably this is the only reason that they fail to do it.

Or perhaps trawling through 3 years worth of statistics for cyclist related deaths is so much easier than doing the same for car related pedestrian deaths.

This woman's death is a tragically sad event (as are all needless traffic deaths) and my condolences to her family.

The BBC (and doubtless other news sources) do her and those close to a grave disservice, and should be ashamed of themselves, in using this  event to stoke what seems to be an agenda driven campaign.

Do the BBC's rules on impartiality apply to their reporting of such events?

 

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Duncann [1158 posts] 3 months ago
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burtthebike wrote:

I don't want to blame her without evidence but it is the most probable thing.

... ?

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OldRidgeback [2826 posts] 3 months ago
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Duncann wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

I don't want to blame her without evidence but it is the most probable thing.

... ?

 

I think what he meant to say is that it' more likely the woman stepped off the pavement without looking because she hadn't heard an engine, rather than the cyclist being at fault.

It's certainly true that a lot of pedestrians do that. But the reporting in this case is insufficient so far for anyone to say one way or the other. 

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pockstone [137 posts] 3 months ago
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To follow up my last post, 267 pedestrian deaths , 2014 -2017 in London alone, according to Vision Zero London, only 3 of which were attributable to cyclist pedestrian collisions.

https://visionzerolondon.wordpress.com/latest-pedestrians-and-cyclists-d...

A report on use of statistcs in BBC reporting states:

'... there is a specific Editorial Guidance note on Reporting Risk , which is designed to “help ensure the context of statistics is clear and avoid distortion of the risk”.

 http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/our_work/stats_impa...

The BBC's use of statistics in this context seems not to comply with this guidance.

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beezus fufoon [956 posts] 3 months ago
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pedestrians are their own worst enemy - they should be made to wear helmets (or cross at the crossing)!

 

apparently it was an mtb with disk brakes, no hysteria as yet... 

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marionr [12 posts] 3 months ago
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Yorkshire wallet wrote:

BBC reporting -  cyclist kills pedestrian, sensationalist lines and reaches at some sort of correlation to danger.

BBC news - endlessly full of 'magazine' stories of women's, gay, racial or transexual struggles and the new low of a paedophile story the other day which seemed to try and draw a line between sex offending and paedophilia. It's not their fault, it's just the way it is.

Utter garbage SJW website with barely any actual news, just opinion pieces by 'reporters'. It's basically The Huffington Post.

 

Let me guess, you are a straight white male...

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Duncann [1158 posts] 3 months ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:
Duncann wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

I don't want to blame her without evidence but it is the most probable thing.

... ?

I think what he meant to say is that it' more likely the woman stepped off the pavement without looking because she hadn't heard an engine, rather than the cyclist being at fault.

It's certainly true that a lot of pedestrians do that. But the reporting in this case is insufficient so far for anyone to say one way or the other. 

It may be "more likely" but we don't know and someone is dead so we shouldn't speculate.

 

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Hootsy [6 posts] 3 months ago
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There's a better picture of the bike here:

https://twitter.com/BBCTomEdwards/status/907659090507288576

Disc brakes and looks to have a camera attached, so anyone at fault should be picked up. 

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Jimmy Ray Will [817 posts] 3 months ago
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I was quite annoyed by this story when I saw it on the BBC news this morning.

Based on BBC coverage, cyclists really are the biggest menace on the roads... you don't hear any stories about cars hitting and killing pedestrians do you? Very clear to me that cyclists are the biggest killer on our roads. 

 

 

So in summary, I am getting fairly anti any, and all, cycling coverage in main stream press. 

 

 

Really sad to hear that this lady died, that's something no one wants! 

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fukawitribe [2050 posts] 3 months ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

you don't hear any stories about cars hitting and killing pedestrians do you?

 

Yes, you do.

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ConcordeCX [509 posts] 3 months ago
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Jimmy Ray Will wrote:

I was quite annoyed by this story when I saw it on the BBC news this morning.

Based on BBC coverage, cyclists really are the biggest menace on the roads... you don't hear any stories about cars hitting and killing pedestrians do you? Very clear to me that cyclists are the biggest killer on our roads. 

 

 

So in summary, I am getting fairly anti any, and all, cycling coverage in main stream press. 

 

 

Really sad to hear that this lady died, that's something no one wants! 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_bites_dog_(journalism)

 

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handlebarcam [1064 posts] 3 months ago
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This is very sad, and there is no publicly-available evidence that either party was in any way at fault, so speculation would be premature and insensitive.

But one thing is for sure, that if this were reported the way cyclist deaths involving cars usually are - when they're reported at all - the headline would be something like "Bicycle Accident Results in Death of Pedestrian". Somewhere in the text there would be speculative victim-blaming along the lines of "It is unknown at this time whether the pedestrian was using their smartphone." It certainly wouldn't refer back to the last similar incident (too many) and probably wouldn't give any statistics on number of such deaths per year (too direct a reminder they are an unspoken but accepted cost of the way our society and economy works.)

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burtthebike [1222 posts] 3 months ago
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pockstone wrote:

To follow up my last post, 267 pedestrian deaths , 2014 -2017 in London alone, according to Vision Zero London, only 3 of which were attributable to cyclist pedestrian collisions.

https://visionzerolondon.wordpress.com/latest-pedestrians-and-cyclists-d...

A report on use of statistcs in BBC reporting states:

'... there is a specific Editorial Guidance note on Reporting Risk , which is designed to “help ensure the context of statistics is clear and avoid distortion of the risk”.

 http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/our_work/stats_impa...

The BBC's use of statistics in this context seems not to comply with this guidance.

As someone with rather more experience of the BBC complaints system than I really want, I wish you the best of luck.  The BBC complaints system has a single function; to exonerate its employees.

Still, aren't they covered by Ofcom now, so you might have a bit more luck.

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burtthebike [1222 posts] 3 months ago
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Duncann wrote:
burtthebike wrote:

I don't want to blame her without evidence but it is the most probable thing.

... ?

?

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Yorkshire wallet [1575 posts] 3 months ago
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marionr wrote:
Yorkshire wallet wrote:

BBC reporting -  cyclist kills pedestrian, sensationalist lines and reaches at some sort of correlation to danger.

BBC news - endlessly full of 'magazine' stories of women's, gay, racial or transexual struggles and the new low of a paedophile story the other day which seemed to try and draw a line between sex offending and paedophilia. It's not their fault, it's just the way it is.

Utter garbage SJW website with barely any actual news, just opinion pieces by 'reporters'. It's basically The Huffington Post.

 

Let me guess, you are a straight white male...

I currently identify as a vegetable of asian origin. 

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The Gavalier [54 posts] 3 months ago
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Fair play to The Guardian for including the following in their online report:

Pedestrians are much more likely to be killed by motor vehicles than cyclists. Figures from the Office for National Statistics for 2006 to 2010 show the annual number of pedestrians who died as a result of collisions with cyclists varied from zero in 2009 to six in 2007. The equivalent figure from collisions with a car, truck or pickup truck ranged from 123 in 2010 to 267 in 2007.

Unfortunately they still make the mistake of comparing inanimate objects (car, truck, pickup) with human beings (cyclists). 

 

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Legin [139 posts] 3 months ago
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Two pedestrians walked out in front of me as I cycled by doris bike through the City of London this morning. That seems to be the daily average for the 11 minute 1.7 mile journey that I make! Most are just ignoring the pelican crossing lights; on there phone or just don't look. 

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Legin [139 posts] 3 months ago
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Two pedestrians walked out in front of me as I cycled by doris bike through the City of London this morning. That seems to be the daily average for the 11 minute 1.7 mile journey that I make! Most are just ignoring the pelican crossing lights; on their phone or just don't look. 

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ktache [627 posts] 3 months ago
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This one never made it into the main headline bit

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-41264639?intlink_from_url=http://ww...

Beheamoth used to plough into group of pedestrians and kills 2 of them

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stomec [31 posts] 3 months ago
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The Gavalier wrote:

Fair play to The Guardian for including the following in their online report:

Pedestrians are much more likely to be killed by motor vehicles than cyclists. Figures from the Office for National Statistics for 2006 to 2010 show the annual number of pedestrians who died as a result of collisions with cyclists varied from zero in 2009 to six in 2007. The equivalent figure from collisions with a car, truck or pickup truck ranged from 123 in 2010 to 267 in 2007.

Unfortunately they still make the mistake of comparing inanimate objects (car, truck, pickup) with human beings (cyclists). 

 

 

Crikey!  Don't tell yorkshirewallet, he'll have to revise his opinion of left wing "SJW" websites....

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