Friday 8 April 2011
'It is highly regrettable that it takes a fatality to get the attention of TfL'
Photo: Camden Gazette
A little more information has emerged about Tuesday’s fatality
Firstly, there's this:
At this early stage it is understood the blue coloured articulated lorry, reg. KE54 JCX, was turning left into St Pancras Way when it collided with the cyclist, who was on its nearside (passenger side).
The Met police have confirmed that the driver of the lorry, a 65-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. He was subsequently bailed until early June pending further enquiries
Secondly, there's this:
Liberal Democrat councillor and Camden cycling champion Paul Braithwaite said the junction was a well-known blackspot and called on Transport for London (TfL) to take action to make it safer.
He said: “Camden Council has been pressing TfL for years to do something about this particular junction. It is a racetrack for lorries and cyclists often get caught out. It is highly regrettable that it takes a fatality to get the attention of TfL.”
Cllr Braithwaite is urging transport bosses to install pedestrian crossing lights and a bike box to allow cyclists to get ahead of heavy traffic.
Meanwhile for the enlightening story of a cyclist’s recent experiences with a lorry driver in Hackney, I recommend that you read this.