After a man in his forties was killed cycling in Archway this morning, the London Cycling Campaign has called for everyone in the capital to join a protest ride on 2 September calling for city streets to be made much safer for cycling.
According to the Evening Standard, the man was hit by a lorry and pronounced dead at the scene despite being treated by medics on London’s Air Ambulance and two ambulance crews.
He is the sixth cyclist to be killed in London this year and the fourth in collision with a HGV.
London Cycling Campaign’s Mike Cavenett said, "It's dreadful to learn of yet another cycling death, and our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends.
“The streets around Archway are a notoriously dangerous place to cycle and walk, and local people have protested in an effort to have the area redesigned to make it more people-friendly, but to date the Mayor and Transport for London have done absolutely nothing.
“We urge all Londoners to join our peaceful protest ride on the evening of Monday 2 September, where we expect thousands to join us to tell the Mayor to provide dedicated space for cycling.”
"Separating bicycles and motor traffic at busy roads and junctions using continental-style infrastructure is essential part to make cycling safe and inviting for everyone.”
The mass ride on Monday 2 September will be the third ‘space for cycling’ protest, after thousands took to the streets at Aldgate and Holborn after fatalities there this summer.
The protest meets at 6pm (for 6.30pm start) at Jubilee Gardens and will be marshalled by experienced LCC staff and volunteers, and passing through Parliament Square.
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.