An estimated 2-300 people turned out last night for a vigil and die-in to commemorate cyclist Akis Kollaros who died after a collision with a tipper truck in East London on February 2.
Coordinated by campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists, the vigil included the placing of a ghost bike near the spot where Akis died, and speakers including Tom Kearney who was hit by a bus in 2009 and ended up in a coma.
He said: “It is so important to remember and honour these people and to inspire us to change the conditions so no more of these have to take place.”
Akis Kollaros (Source: GoFundMe)
Kearney called on London's traffic authorities and mayor Boris Johnson to take action to reduce road danger to vulnerable road users.
He said: "Boris you can’t ignore us. We’re not dead You can see us. You can hear us. You can remember us. Stop the Killing."
— Hackney MPS (@MPSHackney) February 9, 2015
A 34-year-old originally from Greec, Akis Kollaros was a music producer and sound engineer, and a member of the London Dynamo cycling club. The driver of the lorry has helped police with their enquiries, but no arrests have been made.
Lorries of any description make up just 4 per cent of London's traffic, but account for around half of cyclist deaths in the city.
Among those fatalities, tipper trucks are by far the most common type of lorry involved.
In September, London's Safer Lorries Scheme will ban HGVs without cyclist safety equipment from the capital.
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.