Update: Upper Thames Street Cyclist Fatalities Blackspot
I went there yesterday to take some footage (to be uploaded later).
There were no posters or signs warning lorry drivers (and other motorists) to watch out for cyclists when turning left. Many motorists, motorcycles and even police, were using the Advanced Stop Line by the junction and traffic lights by Southwark Bridge and Upper Thames Street reserved for cyclists despite it being a 'blackspot'.
At the corner of the junction the cycle path 'seemed to disappear'. Footage will be made of this. Where had the cycle path gone?
I spoke to another cyclist and asked if he knew if it was a cyclist fatality 'blackspot'. He said he didn't so more fatalities will happen here as the road has no signs to warn cyclists of the danger at this particular stop.
So it appears, that nothing has been done.
Previous Story 10/8:- Another Woman cyclist crushed by cement mixer in London Blackspot
Further to the recent BBC Radio 4 programme, 'Woman's Hour', in which they reported that many women cyclists in London are dying like flies under lorries, today, yet another woman cyclist, as yet unnamed, was crushed in Central London beneath a cement-mixing lorry at a reknowned 'cyclist/lorry' blackspot. The driver hasn't been named either.
It was only when I got home I heard the news. I was cycling today on Blackfriars Bridge but every so often I do cycle along Upper Thames Street and Southwark Bridge.
I tend to 'survive these mean streets' by making eye contact, having a horn and a mirror so I can see a lorry creeping up in advance and I try to avoid undertaking them. Sometimes it is hard to avoid as they drive behind you and try to turn left, just ignoring you. Often there are rails on the left so there is little escape. Only in very few places are there big posters warning lorry drivers to keep an eye out for cyclists. It is no wonder that crowds of cyclists protested out the CPS office complaining about the regular cyclist deaths and lack of legal protection for them.
So many cyclists have died here including Sebastian Lukomski in 2004 and another, Nick Wright. Just how many more?
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, in the Evening Standard today was even encouraging more cyclists to take to the road, despite the risks, but does not be doing much to create more off-road cycle paths and making London safer, particularly along blackspots. The same thing will happen again. The Evening Standard, a paper that campaigns for cyclists, reports that: [q url=http://www.thisislondon.co.uk] "The woman was crushed by the truck belonging to the firm "Jim'll Mix It" at the junction of Upper Thames St and Southwark Bridge. She was also taken to the Royal London Hospital suffering from pelvis injuries."
However, on their 'corporate spiel', 'Jim'll Mix It' appear to be extremely proud of their Health & Safety achievements.
"We recognise and promote the importance of Health & Safety for our employees, contractors and customers. All employees and visitors to our premises are issued with Personal Protective Equipment.
Under the guidance of a specialist Health & Safety Consultancy firm, we operate an OHSAS policy in accordance with the guidelines detailed in OHSAS 18001:1999, OHSAS 18002:2000 and BS 8800:2004."
There are no links to cyclists who have been killed by their lorries.