Fresh safety calls following cyclist’s death in Hackney

Police at the scene of the incident. Picture by Tony Hardiman.

Police at the scene of the incident. Picture by Tony Hardiman. - Credit: Tony Hardiman - 07958 382323

Cycling safety groups are calling for action after a woman on her bike was killed in a rush hour collision with a lorry.

The lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after the 29-year-old woman – who police have not yet named – suffered critical injuries in the incident at Amhurst Park near the junction with Seven Sisters Road, Stamford Hill, at 8am on Tuesday. She died at the scene soon after.

The woman’s death is the 13th cycle fatality in Hackney within the past decade. Shivon Watson was the last cyclist killed by a lorry in Hackney in 2010 at the Victoria Park roundabout.

Campaign group Hackney People on Bikes, which was set up in November, has called on Transport for London (TfL) to urgently introduce protected cycle tracks on the borough’s main roads, like they plan to build to link Oval to Vauxhall.

A spokesman said: “We believe that so long as lorries and bikes are expected to share the same space, tragic events such as this will continue to be repeated.

“We are calling for international practice – the Netherlands has much higher rates of cycling in Hackney but much lower accident rates.”

Trevor Parsons, co-ordinator of the London Cycling Campaign in Hackney said he was “absolutely appalled” to hear of the latest death.

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He said: “It’s appalling every time someone is killed on the roads, it’s something you absolutely never want to happen. It’s a complete shock and a waste of life.

“A lot of work has been done training lorry drivers and cyclists, but there’s always more to be done. There’s a huge job addressing the danger posed by lorries.”

TfL has proposed a ‘cycle superhighway’ linking Tottenham with the City, but it is only set to pass through Hackney along the A10.

The woman’s next of kin have been informed but officers await formal identification before she can be identified.

A post-mortem examination was held at Hackney Mortuary yesterday.

The man arrested has been bailed. Witnesses to the incident are asked to call 020 8597 4874.