London cyclists killed by HGVs/lorries
22.03.07 by Buffalo Bill
It seemed timely to recap on this issue, and put some of the information on the same page as it were.
To date, 7 London bicycle messengers have been killed by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) or lorries (aka trucks, wagons etc) whilst working. Their names and some brief information about them can be found here.
The London Bicycle Messenger Association, the representative body of London’s working cyclists, campaigned to reduce the threat from HGVs to London’s cycle couriers and cyclists. More details can be found here. The London Road Safety Unit launched their campaign, which incorporated some elements of the LBMA’s proposals, in 2006.
It has been my unfortunate duty to report in Moving Target the deaths of 3 London cyclists killed by lorries:
Harriet Tory killed 18th November 2005, by a collision with a yellow tipper lorry, at the junction of Clerkenwell Road and St John Street.
Madeleine Wright, 26, killed 9th March 2007, on Pentonville Road. Amelie Zollner, 24, killed 8th March 2007, Russell Square.
I’m not totally sure about the exact dates of the last 2, but the collisions definitely took place in the first two weeks of March.
As I reported elsewhere, it appears that in the 7 year period Jan 1999 – November 2005, 60 London cyclists were killed by HGVs/lorries.
In my post on the third anniversary of the death of Sebastian Lukomski, I quoted a study published in the British Medical Journal in 1994, called ‘Deaths of Cyclists in London’, which said that the risk of heavy goods vehicles being involved in accidents in which cyclists die in inner London can be estimated at five times that of buses, 14 times that of light goods vehicles, and 30 times that of cars.