Cyclist killed on superhighway in Bow (24/10/11)
A man has died after a collision with a tipper lorry on a cycle superhighway in east London.
The cyclist, aged in his 50s, was involved in the accident on the roundabout at the Bow flyover during the morning rush hour.
Transport for London (TfL) said he was the first person to be killed on the city’s cycling superhighway network.
The Metropolitan Police said a man had been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving in connection with the crash.
A TfL spokesperson said: “We are extremely sorry to learn of the tragic death of a male cyclist, following a collision with an HGV on the Bow Road roundabout.”
He said TfL had delivered several initiatives, such as new roadside safety mirrors and awareness campaigns about the dangers of undertaking lorries, over the past year.
An “on bike” training course for freight drivers in London, an online HGV cycle safety guide and “cycle safe” technology for all TFL highway contractor vehicles were also being introduced by the end of the year, he said.
There are four of the blue-painted priority lanes for cyclists in London, with eight others due to open by 2015.