Campaigners planning to take to the streets over a recent fatal crash say they have been calling for better safety measures in the area for seven years.

Hackney Cycling Campaign said they first told Hackney Council in 2016 that changes to improve Whiston Road for cycling were “inadequate”.

On September 21, a 36-year-old woman was killed after she was hit by a car in the street while on a bike.

That crash came less than two weeks after another cyclist was killed on the borough’s streets.

A 27-year-old man died in hospital two days after he was hit in Kenworthy Road, Homerton, on September 10.

Garmon ap Garth, co-ordinator of Hackney Cycling Campaign, said a residents group had previously met with TfL before the crash to highlight safety issues in the road.

But he said that there was “in a sense, more of a frustration” about the lack of improvement to Whiston Road, as it was previously earmarked for a low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) filter that was never implemented.

In 2017, the council made some improvements to Whiston Road, including installing traffic signals with early release for cyclists and some traffic-calming measures.

Mr Garth has now said that the campaign group would like Hackney Council to install a traffic filter or bus gate on the road to improve safety for cyclists.

In Kenworthy Road, among other proposals, the group has called for TfL to raise existing pedestrian crossings to slow down traffic.

Hackney Cycling Campaign will hold a protest ride on October 18, stopping at the sites of the two crashes and starting in Mabley Street at 5.30pm.

Rickardo Hyatt, Hackney Council group director for climate, homes and economy, said: "We are deeply saddened by news of the tragic deaths of cyclists on Whiston Road and Kenworthy Road, and our thoughts are with their friends and families.

He added: "We are aware of the suggestions from Hackney Cycling Campaign but are unable to comment on any potential changes before the current police investigation is concluded."

A TfL spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man and woman who were tragically killed in collisions last month while cycling in Hackney.

They added: “We are engaging closely with the local community to consider their concerns and continue to look at what changes can be made to make these roads safer.”

After the crash in Kenworthy Road, the driver of the car – a 24-year-old woman – was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) by dangerous driving.

Hackney Gazette has asked police for an update on the fatal crash in Whiston Road.