Wednesday 15 April 2009

The Elephant and Castle roundabout

MERYEM OZEKMAN was a cycling enthusiast who had complained for 10 years about the roundabout on which she was killed last week.

Her husband, Erbay, a 42-year-old gym instructor, told the Standard today that his wife refused to drive to work because it was harmful to the environment. He accused the Government of "not caring about cyclists".

He said: "For 10 years she had been complaining about that roundabout. She had two or three near-misses there in the past. I always tried to convince her to let me drive her to work but she wouldn't let me. She wouldn't have stopped cycling for anything. She didn't like taking cars because she said it hurt the environment.

"The fact is this Government does not care about cyclists. They have spoken about changing the roundabout for years but they just don't want to spend any money."