After a man in his forties was killed cycling in Archway this morning, the London Cycling Campaign has called for everyone in the capital to join a protest ride on 2 September calling for city streets to be made much safer for cycling.
According to the Evening Standard, the man was hit by a lorry and pronounced dead at the scene despite being treated by medics on London’s Air Ambulance and two ambulance crews.
He is the sixth cyclist to be killed in London this year and the fourth in collision with a HGV.
London Cycling Campaign’s Mike Cavenett said, "It's dreadful to learn of yet another cycling death, and our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends.
“The streets around Archway are a notoriously dangerous place to cycle and walk, and local people have protested in an effort to have the area redesigned to make it more people-friendly, but to date the Mayor and Transport for London have done absolutely nothing.
“We urge all Londoners to join our peaceful protest ride on the evening of Monday 2 September, where we expect thousands to join us to tell the Mayor to provide dedicated space for cycling.”
"Separating bicycles and motor traffic at busy roads and junctions using continental-style infrastructure is essential part to make cycling safe and inviting for everyone.”
The mass ride on Monday 2 September will be the third ‘space for cycling’ protest, after thousands took to the streets at Aldgate and Holborn after fatalities there this summer.
The protest meets at 6pm (for 6.30pm start) at Jubilee Gardens and will be marshalled by experienced LCC staff and volunteers, and passing through Parliament Square.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.