Candlelit vigil at 6pm this evening in memory of cyclists killed at Bow Roundabout

News comes as Mayor Boris Johnson agrees to meet widow of cyclist Brian Dorling

by Simon_MacMichael   November 18, 2011  

Bow Roundabout lorry and flowers (credit- London Cycling Campaign under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

A candlelit vigil will be held at the Bow Roundabout in East London at 6pm tonight to commemorate the lives of the two cyclists who have lost their lives there in recent weeks.

Among those attending will be the family of one of the victims, Brian Dorling, who was on his way to work as a surveyor at London’s Olympic Park when he was killed on the morning of Monday 24 October.

The second fatality occurred last Friday evening when a 34-year-old Ukrainian woman died at the same junction, although she was travelling in the opposite direction to Mr Dorling. Tipper lorries were involved in both incidents.

Speaking to the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) earlier this week, Mr Dorling’s wife, Debbie, said: “The mayor has talked a lot about Bow, but the one thing we haven’t heard him say is that he will take complete control of the situation, and do everything in his power to make the roundabout safe for cycling.”

LCC, which provided the picture accompanying this article – others of the junction can be found in this set on Flickr – is urging cyclists to write to Mayor of London Boris Johnson to demand an immediate redesign of the junction. Further details can be found here.

LCC says that Mr Johnson has agreed to meet Mrs Dorling to hear her concerns over the safety of cyclists at the roundabout, which is located at the eastern end of one of the mayor’s flagship Barclays Cycling Superhighways.

Mr Dorling was an keen rower and longstanding member of Twickenham Rowing Club, which has launched an appeal to buy a sculling boat in his memory. Donations currently stand at over £2,700 and you can find more information on this Just Giving page.