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London cyclist death toll for 2011 rises to 16 - and yet again there's a lorry involved

Female cyclist aged in early 20s loses her life this morning in Bermondsey

The number of cyclists killed on London’s roads during 2011 has risen to 16 with news of yet another fatality involving an HGV.

The incident occurred at around 1015 this morning on Abbey Street in Bermondsey, which is close to a number of locations where cyclists have lost their lives in recent years.

The Metropolitan Police has confirmed to road.cc that the victim is a woman aged in her early 20s, and that no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.

The safety of cyclists in London, particularly around HGVs, has been the subject of intense focus in recent weeks following three fatalities within the past two months.

In October, student Deep Lee was killed at the junction of York Way and Pentonville Road in Kings Cross when she was crushed by a lorry.

Later that month, Brian Dorling lost his life at Bow Roundabout, where another cyclist, Svitlana Tereschenko, would also die less than three weeks afterwards on 11 November; both of those incidents involved tipper lorries.

We will provide further details of this latest tragic incident once we have them.

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.

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