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Cyclist seriously injured in London Blackfriars lorry collision

Rider hospitalised on day of planned evening protest over recent cyclist deaths

A female cyclist, believed to be in her 20s, was rushed to hospital this morning after being involved in a collision with a lorry in London.

The rider was treated at the scene, near Blackfriars Bridge before being taken to hospital with injuries police initially said were live-threatening, the Evening Standard reports.

He condition is now understood to be stable.

Officers were called to the junction of Southwark Street and Blackfriars Road at about 10am.

Chris Kenyon tweeted these images of the aftermath of the collision.

All but one of the cyclist fatalities in London this year have involved heavy goods vehicles.

Last week City of London Police announced that in the first month of a crackdown on dangerous vehicles in the City, its new TfL-funded Commercial Vehicle Unit had stopped 136 vehicles and taken 95 dangerous vehicles off the road.

Drivers of the 95 non-compliant vehicles were found to be committing offences including lack of insurance; driving without the appropriate licence; driving with unsafe tyres; driving a vehicle with an unsafe load; and not accurately recording driver hours.

This evening, Monday June 29, campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists will stage a vigil and die-in at London's Bank junction to commemorate Ying Tao, the 26 year old woman killed while riding her bike there on June 22, and Clifton James, killed in Harrow on June 21.

Cyclists will meet at 17.30 in front of The Royal Exchange opposite The Bank of England, Threadneedle Street EC4, to stage the die-in.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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