Two cyclists have been killed in London over the past 36 hours, bringing the number of riders to have lost their lives in the capital this year to eight. A driver was arrested following the death of a man in Harrow in the early hours of Sunday morning and a woman was killed in an incident involving a tipper truck at Bank Junction in the City of London at rush hour this morning.
A spokeswoman for the London Ambulance Service told the London Evening Standard that paramedics were called to this morning’s incident at the junction of Threadneedle Street and Prince’s Street at 9am.
She added: "We sent a number of resources to the scene including an ambulance crew, a single responder in a car and London's Air Ambulance. We remain at the scene."
City of London Police confirmed in a tweet sent at 9.46am that the woman had died. In response, Twitter user Fiona Booth said: “I saw this happen on my cycle to work this morning. Heartbreaking.”
The victim is the eighth cyclist to have been killed in London so far this year, with large vehicles involved in all but one of those fatal crashes, the exception being the one that claimed the life of a 60-year-old man in Harrow at the weekend.
London Ambulance Service called the Metropolitan Police to the scene at Forward Drive at 0004 hours on Sunday 21 June.
The victim, a 60-year-old man named as Clifton James, had what police described as “serious head injuries” and was pronounced dead an hour later. His next-of-kin have been informed. James was cycling home from work in Harrow, and was just yards from home when the collision occurred.
The driver of the vehicle involved, a 31-year-old man, stopped at the scene of the incident and was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
He has been bailed to a date in mid-September while police continue their investigation.
The incident is being handled by officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton Traffic Garage and anyone who saw it or has information is asked to call police on 020 8991 9555 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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.