8th cyclist death on capital’s roads sparks protest

A young woman was killed after a collision with an HGV whilst cycling to work in the morning.  She was the 8th cyclist to die in the capital this year and it is clear that people are sick of politicians saying that something needs to be done.

In an attempt to keep cycle safety at the forefront of London’s transport agenda, hundreds of cyclists blocked traffic at a junction in the City of London in protest.

The protest began at 08:30 in the morning and brought traffic to a halt on all six arms of Bank junction for 15 minutes.  The aim was to highlight the young womans death and to pay their respects to another fallen cyclist by having a minute silence during the protest.

The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) which organised the protest called for segregated space for cyclists on London’s roads and the removal of dangerous lorries from the streets, particularly as seven of the eight fatalities this year involved heavy goods vehicles.

During Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron said:

“The number of fatalities is still very high and extremely depressing [that] young lives [are] being snuffed out in this way.”

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