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Cyclist killed in Bermondsey last Friday named as 22-year-old Ellie Carey

Channel Islander had come to London to study on art foundation course

The cyclist killed in a collision with a lorry in Bermondsey, South London, has been named as 22-year-old Eleanor Carey, known as Ellie.

Originally from Guernsey, she had completed an art foundation course at Kingston University in South West London, reports The Guernsey Press & Star.

Sarah Griffith of the charity Bridge 2 Sri Lanka, for which Ellie had volunteered, told the ITV programme Channel Report: "She was one of the nicest, kindest most compassionate little girls that I've ever had the pleasure to meet.

“She had such a verve for life, she was very very considerate to other people - she was fun, she loved her music, she was just an amazing person."

Despite the London Air Ambulance being called to the site of Friday morning’s incident at the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Abbey Street, she was pronounced dead at the scene. A 31-year-old lorry driver was arrested in connection with the incident.

The website London SE1 has reported that in March this year, Mayor of London Boris Johnson had said that Transport for London (TfL) intended "to commission a study to identify possible pedestrian accessibility and safety improvements at this junction during the next financial year".

It added that Labour London Assembly Member Val Shawcross had recently asked Mr Johnson to provide an update on progress.

Ms Carey is the 16th cyclist to have died on London’s roads during 2011, and as with the previous three fatalities – those of Deep Lee at Kings Cross and Brian Dorling and Svitlana Tereschenko at the Bow roundabout – her death happened at a location already identified as presenting a danger to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

Ms Shawcross, together with the Green Party’s Jenny Jones, has tabled a motion on the issue of the safety of cyclists and road design that is due to be heard by the Greater London Assembly tomorrow, Wednesday 7 September.

The session, which is open to the public, starts at 10am and can also be watched via a webcast.

The motion reads:

"This Assembly deeply regrets the deaths of cyclists on London's road network and wishes to express its condolences for the loss felt by their relatives and friends.

We are concerned that some cyclist deaths and injuries could have been avoided if the road network designs for the locations where these deaths and injuries occurred had been safer.

We therefore call on the Mayor and Transport for London to:

  • produce a list of the ten most dangerous locations for cyclists on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) and all locations in London where a cyclist has died in the last three years;
  • report on any proposals that were put forward by cycling and road safety groups as part of official consultation processes for redesigning roads at those locations; and
  • provide the reasons why any such proposals were rejected."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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