A candlelit vigil will be held at the Bow Roundabout in East London at 6pm tonight to commemorate the lives of the two cyclists who have lost their lives there in recent weeks.
Among those attending will be the family of one of the victims, Brian Dorling, who was on his way to work as a surveyor at London’s Olympic Park when he was killed on the morning of Monday 24 October.
The second fatality occurred last Friday evening when a 34-year-old Ukrainian woman died at the same junction, although she was travelling in the opposite direction to Mr Dorling. Tipper lorries were involved in both incidents.
Speaking to the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) earlier this week, Mr Dorling’s wife, Debbie, said: “The mayor has talked a lot about Bow, but the one thing we haven’t heard him say is that he will take complete control of the situation, and do everything in his power to make the roundabout safe for cycling.”
LCC, which provided the picture accompanying this article – others of the junction can be found in this set on Flickr – is urging cyclists to write to Mayor of London Boris Johnson to demand an immediate redesign of the junction. Further details can be found here.
LCC says that Mr Johnson has agreed to meet Mrs Dorling to hear her concerns over the safety of cyclists at the roundabout, which is located at the eastern end of one of the mayor’s flagship Barclays Cycling Superhighways.
Mr Dorling was an keen rower and longstanding member of Twickenham Rowing Club, which has launched an appeal to buy a sculling boat in his memory. Donations currently stand at over £2,700 and you can find more information on this Just Giving page.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.