Londoners are demanding Mayor Boris Johnson act urgently to improve safety after a cyclist was involved in a collision with a truck at the capital's notorious Ludgate Circus junction this morning.
The female cyclist is fighting for her life after in a London hospital after being attended by London Ambulance Service at the scene at about 11:30 this morning.
London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "A woman believed to be in her 20s was in cardiac arrest at the scene, and extensive efforts were made to resuscitate her. She was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital as a priority."
Cyclist Michelle Forster passed the scene shortly after the crash:
The London Cycling Campaign posted on Facebook: "We're saddened to hear of a woman involved in a serious collision with an HGV at Ludgate Circus. We hope for the best for the victim and our thoughts are with her and her family."
In April Victor Manuel Ben Rodriguez was killed when he was crushed under a tipper lorry at Ludgate Circus. Today's casualty brings the total of cyclists killed or seriously injured at Ludgate circus since 2008 to eight.
Many Londoners tweeted calls for action in the hours after the collision.
Richard Aylwin, MD of Aylwin Communications - a PR consultancy for the architecture and proprty industries, said: "Yet another serious accident involving a cyclist at Ludgate Circus today; Do something about it #borisjohnson rather than making promises"
Matthew Davis called on the Mayor to act: "@MayorofLondon sort ludgate circus out now! That junction is a death trap for both pedestrians and cyclists."
Billo posted: "@mayoroflondon @tflofficial another cyclist run over at Ludgate Circus. Twice in matter of months. Do something for cyclists & pedestrians."
Jocelyn Bailey said: "Just walked past an awful bike v lorry incident at ludgate circus. How many times does this have to happen before we sort it out?"
Cycling campaigners pointed out that the Ludgate Circus junction will be part of the planned North-South cycle superhighway. That project has been secretively opposed by "old men in limos" who appear to value the ability to be chauffeured swiftly around London above the lives of cyclists.
Danny Williams said: "If cycle super highway built, there's no way that cycle/lorry collision (again) at Ludgate Circus cd have happened"
Treasure added: "To repeat the point - with N-S Superhighway, movements of HGVs and people cycling at Ludgate Circus would be completely separated"
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