The cyclist killed in an accident with a lorry in Camberwell is the sixth cyclist to die on London’s roads in just two weeks.
This follows a series of five deaths in the last two weeks. The fifth victim died in hospital following a collision with a double-decker bus in Whitechapel High Street near Aldgate East station, on Wednesday 13th November. He was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Thursday morning from severe head injuries.
The unnamed mans death came hours after a woman riding a bike was killed in rush hour traffic after colliding with a lorry.
Both of the two fatalities occurred on the Cycle Superhighway 2 (CS2), a highway designed to improve safety for cyclists.
The Mayor discussed the deaths in a radio interview with London’s Biggest Conversation (LBC 97.3), Johnson commented [that there is] “no question of blame or finger-pointing”, cyclists have a duty to obey the laws of the road and must follow signals.
“Some of the cases that we’ve seen in the last few days really make your heart bleed because you can see that people have taken decisions that really did put their lives in danger,” he told Radio Presenter, Nick Ferrari.
“You cannot blame the victim in these circumstances. But what you can say is that when people make decisions on the road that are very risky – jumping red lights, moving across fast-moving traffic in a way that is completely unexpected and without looking to see what traffic is doing – it’s very difficult for the traffic engineers to second-guess that.”
All of the cyclist fatalities have involved either lorries or buses.
Tuesday, November 5: Brian Holt, 62, killed on Mile End Road after colliding with a tipper lorry.
Friday, November 8: Francis Golding, 69, killed in Holborn after colliding with a coach.
Tuesday, November 12: Man aged 43 killed outside East Croydon station after colliding with a bus.
Wednesday, November 13: Venera Minakhmetova, 24, killed on Bow roundabout after colliding with a lorry.
Thursday, November 14: An unnamed man dies after colliding with double decker bus outside Aldgate East station.
Monday 18th November: A man dies after colliding with a lorry in southeast London.
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