Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Victim's Widow: Blue Lanes Are Just a Comfort Blanket

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Victim's Widow: Blue Lanes Are Just a Comfort Blanket

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Byline: Josh Pettitt

THE widow of the first cyclist to be killed on one of Boris Johnson's cycle superhighways told of her shock and horror at the latest tragedy on Bow roundabout.

Debbie Dorling said the bluepainted routes were nothing more than "comfort blankets" as she attended a protest vigil in memory of a woman cyclist who was killed yards from where her husband Brian died.

It came as the Mayor promised to install CCTV cameras at Bow roundabout to examine the effectiveness of "early start" traffic lights for cyclists.

They were installed after the deaths of Mr Dorling and Svitlana Tereschenko in 2011. The lights at the westbound approach to the roundabout went live last week, eight days before the death of the as-yet unnamed woman cyclist yesterday -- the third to die at Bow in two years.

Last month a coroner told the Mayor that "action should be taken to prevent future deaths" on cycle superhighway 2, which runs between Stratford and Aldgate.

Mrs Dorling, 53, one of 1,000 people attending the vigil last night, said she felt "shocked, horrified and upset" at the latest death.

The woman, in her twenties, was the fourth of five cyclists killed in nine days across London, taking the total this year to 13.

Mrs Dorling said: "It is not easy coming to this place, but I just feel that enough people have died. I have an awful lot of friends who cycle into the City every day and when I hear a cyclist has died I just think, 'I hope it isn't one of them'.

"I have lost my husband, I don't want anyone to lose anybody else. That is why I keep trying to campaign and highlight keeping cyclists safe.

You deserve to be able to go to work and get there in one piece and come home in one piece."

The vigil brought rush-hour traffic to a halt as cyclists slowly circled with their lights flashing and bells ringing. …

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