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Cycling campaigners call for protection at junction

The cyclist killed in a collision with an HGV near Chelsea Bridge in London last month has been named as 36-year-old teacher Charlotte Landi. A Scotland Yard spokesman has said that the driver involved is now being investigated on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The London Evening Standard reports that Landi is the seventh cyclist to die on London’s roads this year.

Landi is thought to have been cycling east along the Chelsea Embankment to Grosvenor Road when she was involved in a collision with a lorry.

The driver was first arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury through dangerous driving and is now being investigated for causing death by dangerous driving.

Last month we reported that the truck involved is reportedly owned by a family member of two directors who were banned from running a transport firm following a fatal collision with cyclist Alan Neve in July 2013.

On Thursday night, campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists held a “die in” vigil in Landi’s memory outside Kensington and Chelsea town hall.

Founder Donnachadh McCarthy said: “She was a beautiful young woman just trying to go to work at her school. This junction needs to be protected but it’s being opposed at the consultation level in the boroughs.”

A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea council said: “We have created 8km of new Quietway routes in the last year, meaning people can travel around on roads which generally have fewer heavy vehicles, but we will continue to look at ways to make our streets safer.”

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WillRod [251 posts] 3 months ago
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The company that runs the trucks seems pretty dodgy.

Its so sad that nearly every week SKC have to organise a vigil for another victim. It also seems that women are being killed by HGVs in disportportionate numbers. Surely this should be investigated and solutions should be sought?

Khans unsafe lorries ban is a joke too, as it goes nowhere near far enough until 2024 by which time dozens of cyclists will likely have been killed.

Thankfully the contractors where I work in the Cambs countryside are using the new safer lorries in the city centre and using the older ones for rural jobs.

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BehindTheBikesheds [1154 posts] 3 months ago
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I wonder if the broadsheets, the red tops and the BBC et al will run a bunch of articles to attack HGV drivers and hauliage firms?

I hope the family get the justice they deserve but should not have happened in the first place.

 

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davel [2055 posts] 3 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:

I wonder if the broadsheets, the red tops and the BBC et al will run a bunch of articles to attack HGV drivers and hauliage firms?

It is depressing.

It strikes me that there's another angle to this, that these incidents take a disproportionate number of teachers, hospital workers etc... People we really shouldn't be happy about being squashed in our capital city streets.

Of course, it's crass to place a relative value on lives, and yet the rags were all over that in this year's Case of SkullTattoo Illegal Fixie vs Smiling Mother.

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scouser_andy [44 posts] 3 months ago
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A spokesman for Kensington and Chelsea council said: “We have created 8km of new Quietway routes in the last year, meaning people can travel around on roads which generally have fewer heavy vehicles, but we will continue to look at ways to make our streets safer."

 

QUEITWAYS ARE NOT PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE FFS!!

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BarryBianchi [419 posts] 3 months ago
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scouser_andy wrote:

QUEITWAYS ARE NOT PROPER INFRASTRUCTURE FFS!!

No, but they're not quiet either, so I'm sure it all cancells out...