A female cyclist believed to be aged in her 20s has been killed in this morning’s London rush hour, reportedly following a collision with a tipper lorry on Victoria Street.
The incident happened at around 8.20am close to the junction with Palace Street, reports the London Evening Standard.
A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service told the newspaper: "We were called at 8.20 to reports of a road traffic collision on Victoria Street.
“We sent a motorcycle responder, an ambulance crew and a duty officer to the scene. The first arrived in 3 minutes.
“Sadly the patient, a woman reported to be in her 20s, was dead at the scene."
It is believed that the lorry involved was a tipper truck, and several major construction projects are being undertaken in the area.
One Twitter user, symroe, posted: “So sad to hear of the death of a lady on a bike on Victoria Street. I cycle & get worried by the builder's lorries there every day.”
Another user, jamesup, tweeted: "Victoria street cyclist-down seems to be one of the big tipper lorry's from developments round here. Very sad."
While full details are yet to be confirmed, this morning’s incident appears to underline some sadly all too common features of cyclist fatalities in the capital.
According to London Cycling Campaign, lorries account for 5 per cent of the city’s traffic, but are involved in half of incidents that result in a cyclist being killed.
Construction lorries are involved in many of those fatal incidents, and a disproportionate number of victims are young females.
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.