Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Families Unite in Appeal for Action to Cut Cycle Deaths

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Families Unite in Appeal for Action to Cut Cycle Deaths

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Byline: Ross Lydall and Lucy Osborne

THE families of cyclists killed by lorries have joined doctors in calling for an urgent review of road safety.

Two trauma surgeons said riders should be warned about HGVs in the same way smokers are warned about lung cancer.

Surgeons Thomas Konig, of King's College Hospital in Denmark Hill, and Mark Wilson, of St Mary's in Paddington, volunteer on the air ambulance and see many of the worst cases. They made their call in a letter to the Standard after 16 bike users were killed in London last year.

Today Boris Johnson -- who has ordered a review of cyclist death sites and his own " cycle superhighways" after two fatalities at Bow -- faced pressure to implement road safety redesigns without delay.

Allister Carey, whose 22-year-old daughter Ellie died in Bermondsey last month, said: "It seems abundantly clear that making cyclists and HGVs share the same roads in the manner they currently do is a toxic mix and one that will inevitably result in accidents and deaths.

"I support everything the surgeons have said. I'd like to think the letter will not only be read and understood by Boris and Transport for London, but that it will be recognised that injuries to cyclists are a public health issue requiring urgent attention. That should mean action now, and not a long-running review with any implementation being dragged out over time."

Reg Wright, whose wife Emma Foa, 56, was killed by a left-turning lorry at traffic lights in King's Cross in 2006, said: "In the last few years London's streets seem to be clogged with construction vehicles. It seems to me they are disproportionately responsible for fatal injuries to cyclists.

"It is five years since Emma was killed and I haven't seen any signs that things have changed. Cynthia Barlow, whose daughter Alex McVitty, 26, was killed by a cement lorry in London Wall in 2000, said: "People don't need to be killed and maimed on London's roads. …

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