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.
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.