Road safety charity RoadPeace is holding a vigil in London tomorrow evening, Tuesday 5 February, to commemorate cyclists and pedestrians who have been killed by lorries. The vigil takes place on the fourth anniversary of Eilidh Cairns’ death. It will begin at 6.30pm at the junction of London Wall and Copthall Avenue in the City of London, where another cyclist, Alex Barlow, daughter of RoadPeace chair Cynthia Barlow, was killed by a lorry in 2000.
Tomorrow also marks the first anniversary of RoadPeace launching the See Me Save Me website, which builds on the campaign begun by Eilidh’s family after her death in Notting Hill, West London, in February 2009. The charity now co-ordinates the campaign on behalf of the Cairns family.
According to the London Cycling campaign, lorries account for some 5 per cent of London's traffic but are responsible for 50 per cent of cyclist fatalities in the city. The organisation is currently urging Londoners to write to their local councils to ensure they meet the requirements of its Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling Pledge.
Last week, we highlighted a report commissioned by Transport for London from the Transport Research Laboratory which found that despite widespread media coverage of road traffic incidents resulting in cyclists being killed or seriously injured in collisions with construction vehicles, operators still have very little awareness of the dangers they pose to bike riders.
Road Peace says:
Despite all that is being done to tackle dangerous lorries, cyclists and pedestrians are still being killed or maimed with alarming regularity on our urban streets. Often the known lorry ‘blindspot’ is blamed, yet we know HGV safety technology exists which can eliminate the blind spot and would dramatically reduce the number of people killed or maimed each year. See Me Save Me is calling for the mandatory use of these life-saving technologies.
Please join us and other bereaved families at the vigil. Bring photos of loved ones. Stand and be counted with others who care and are calling for lorries to stop killing our loved ones on our streets, and pass this invitation to others who may be interested.
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.