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Tenth cyclist to die in London this year

The cyclist hit by a left-turning coach at Holborn last week has died of his injuries. Francis Golding, 69, was hit on Thursday evening at the junction of Southampton Row and Vernon Place.

Mr Golding was taken to St Mary's Hospital for treatment, but was pronounced dead at the hospital on the evening of Friday 8 November.

He is the tenth cyclist to die on London’s roads so far this year and the third since 2007 to be killed at this junction.

The coach and Mr Golding are believed to have both been turning left toward Euston at the time of the crash.

Sainsbury’s security officer Omar Sillah said: “I heard a bang and I rushed out to see what was happening. I saw the man on the floor bleeding. His body wasn’t moving.”

Metropolitan police said that the coach stopped at the scene, but the driver was not arrested.

Francis Golding was an architecture expert and planning consultant who was head of the Royal Fine Art Commission 1995-1999.

Most recently Mr Golding worked as a townscape consultant, advising architects and developers on how new buildings should fit in with their surroundings.

Police have appealed for witnesses. The collision is being investigated by officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Northolt.

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact the appeal line 020 8842 1817.

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.

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Simmo72 [591 posts] 2 years ago
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Horrific. What is it with the Holburn area. Surely Road Transport needs to pull their finger out, this area is lethal.

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mrmo [2064 posts] 2 years ago
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I don't want to predjudice any trial, but.

You can see in a few months, it was a tragic accident, one of those things, nothing could have been done to prevent it....

HOW MANY MORE!!!!!!!!!

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VeloPeo [301 posts] 2 years ago
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Simmo72 wrote:

Horrific. What is it with the Holburn area. Surely Road Transport needs to pull their finger out, this area is lethal.

Exactly. It's the 3rd death at that junction since 2007 and just down the road from this one in July.

http://road.cc/content/news/88554-holborn-death-cyclist-named-alan-neve

TfL and the Mayor make all the right noises but action to improve things is moving way too slowly

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zanf [796 posts] 2 years ago
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mrmo wrote:

I don't want to predjudice any trial, but.

You can see in a few months, it was a tragic accident, one of those things, nothing could have been done to prevent it....

HOW MANY MORE!!!!!!!!!

That area is especially lethal for female cyclists. Nothing will change until people shut down that junction and force TfL to deal with it. Keep shutting it down every week in the morning then in the evening on a regular basis.

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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Oh man that's awful news. Will it ever end. If this junction has issues regarding cyclist then surely after 3 fatalities it really ought to be sorted, anything else is neglectful.

Use flashing lights, viz and careful cycling and avoid these troubles...better to arrive a minute late than never.

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Colin Peyresourde [1673 posts] 2 years ago
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At the moment Holborn Circus is a bit of a mess with road works. Maybe they are trying to make the junction safer. One can only speculate as to what happened here - but a left turning long-vehicle is sadly a common factor in London cycling deaths.

It is not the same as the junction where the other cyclist was killed several months back. That was just towards the Kingsway/Southampton Row end of things (where the A40 meets High Holborn). But I believe it has been involved in other deaths. When my offices were based there one of my colleagues came into work saying that she had seen the results of an accident.

The one thing I would say about the junction is that the volume of traffic is high, and the complexity of the junction is too (it used to be a roundabout, but now is effectively a six point junction) which is no doubt confusing to lots of people.

I remember watching a program about Cambridge Circus - it was the no. 1 black spot for pedestrian deaths, primarily for the same reason. It is not a simple four point junction and cars can be coming from many different directions. The situation is similar is that both 'circuses' used to be roundabouts of sorts, but have changed to junctions.

My condolences to the bereaved.

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VeloPeo [301 posts] 2 years ago
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Colin Peyresourde wrote:

It is not the same as the junction where the other cyclist was killed several months back. That was just towards the Kingsway/Southampton Row end of things (where the A40 meets High Holborn). But I believe it has been involved in other deaths.

I didn't say it was - but that whole area is a mess though. Confusing road layouts and signage produces unpredictable driving from everyone (incvluding cyclists) - even worse than central London norms

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A V Lowe [573 posts] 2 years ago
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Very few large vehicles attempt to turn left at this junction it is well below the 'standard' 6 metre radius for the kerb at the corner. The problem for large vehicles is however that the other core routes North are Tottenham Court Road (bedlam even without the current road works), and Grays Inn Road (another lousy left turn).

The only safe way to turn left for Euston with a large vehicle is to carry on over to Theobalds Road and do a circuit round via Proctor Street/Red Lion Square and turn right from High Holborn into Kingsway. However when congestion is at its worst that could easily add 10-15 minutes to a journey, so guess what...

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ronin [263 posts] 2 years ago
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OK, so I guess it's time to start a petition to get the Mayor of London to resign. Perhaps then he'll realize what his job is. One is too much, but ten?

I really wonder just what the death toll has to be until they realize that they need to make London safe for cyclists.