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Cyclist killed in collision involving a lorry on London’s Holborn gyratory – the eighth since 2008

London Cycling Campaign announced that a vigil will be held in Holborn on Friday evening

A cyclist was killed this morning in a collision involving a HGV at a junction on London’s “infamously hostile” Holborn gyratory, where seven other people have been killed riding bikes since 2008, all in crashes involving large vehicles.

The crash happened shortly after 10am this morning at the junction of High Holborn and Procter Street, near the Tube station entrance. Despite the best efforts of doctors and paramedics, the cyclist – a woman in her 30s – was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made.

The junction forms part of the notorious Holborn gyratory, where safety measures announced in late 2019 by Camden Council were put on hold after the Transport for London (TfL) Liveable Neighbourhoods programme was frozen.

> Camden Council announces permanent safety changes to protect cyclists at Holborn “killer junction” 

Eight people have now been killed riding their bikes since 2008 at or very close to the scene of this morning’s fatal collision. In 2013, Alan Neve was fatally struck by a lorry only yards away from today’s crash.

In August 2018 Dr Peter Fisher, the Queen’s homeopathic physician for 15 years, was killed in a crash involving a lorry just outside the Underground station while commuting to work.

Children’s doctor Marta Krawiec was killed in August 2021 while cycling at the junction of Southampton Row and Theobald’s Road, a few hundred yards north of today's crash, resulting in protests led by activist groups Stop Killing Cyclists and London Cycling Campaign calling for immediate safety changes to Holborn’s dangerous junctions.

“Immediate” safety measures were introduced by the council in September in response to Dr Krawiec’s death, which aimed to provide more space for people on bikes. A month later, 7,500 people signed a petition urging London Mayor Sadiq Khan to “take rapid action on dangerous junctions” in the city. 

Work began in January on a permanent overhaul of the road layout, including new segregated cycle lanes, bike boxes, bus, taxi and cycle lane improvements and a redesigned traffic light system for cyclists.

> Hundreds protest outside Camden Council’s offices in call for safer streets following latest cyclist death in Holborn 

“We were called at 10:06am today to reports of a road traffic collision involving a cyclist outside Holborn Underground station,” a London Ambulance Service spokesperson said.

“We sent a paramedic in a fast response car and an incident response officer to the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance. The first of our medics arrived in under five minutes.

“Sadly, a person died at the scene.”

The Met police also confirmed that the incident happened close to the tube station, which was closed due to the ongoing tube strike, and that inquiries are continuing.

London Cycling Campaign, which helped stage the protests which took place just six months ago in the wake of Dr Krawiec’s death, announced earlier today that a vigil will be held in Holborn this Friday at 6pm.

Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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Muddy Ford | 1 year ago
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Why is it called a collision 'between' cyclist and vehicle, when it's unlikely the cyclist hit the vehicle. More likely the driver hit the cyclist. Say it as it is. A cyclist has been killed by a driver in a lorry. Again. I hope that the new heirarchy of road users in the HC means the driver will be prosecuted and their legal team would need to prove they were not at fault rather than as often is the case it's put as a shared fault with a description that suggests the cyclist was more at fault. Depressing news, RIP to the poor cyclist.

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wtjs | 1 year ago
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I assume the police will initiate the standard action protocol, with a 'our thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased', while they use every dodge they can think of to avoid taking action on motorist offences against cyclists so that the motorists are encouraged to carry on with 'business as usual'. I would certainly go to the vigil if I lived down there!

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brooksby replied to wtjs | 1 year ago
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"Thoughts and prayers, boys; thoughts and prayers" 

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Flintshire Boy | 1 year ago
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Think it's time to move beyond 'vigils'.

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Time for direct action.

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Heck, if cyclists got together, they could block central London and - you know - actually RAISE AWARENESS of these issues.

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brooksby replied to Flintshire Boy | 1 year ago
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As I understand it, you're only allowed to start blocking roads in central London if you're a taxi driver... 

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chrisonabike replied to brooksby | 1 year ago
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brooksby wrote:

As I understand it, you're only allowed to start blocking roads in central London if you're a taxi driver... 

They're just "blocking" them so the ambulances can get through.  Like on Critical Mass cycling events. I think.

Not sure about Flintshire's suggestion. I'm all for a bit of protest and awareness-raising. I suspect that by the time I've Araldited my Boardman to the tarmac I'll probably have been crushed several times by trucks who will be able to claim they didn't even notice, just like the last 8 times...

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Captain Badger replied to chrisonabike | 1 year ago
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chrisonatrike wrote:

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They're just "blocking" them so the ambulances can get through.  Like on Critical Mass cycling events. I think.

Not sure about Flintshire's suggestion. I'm all for a bit of protest and awareness-raising. I suspect that by the time I've Araldited my Boardman to the tarmac I'll probably have been crushed several times by trucks who will be able to claim they didn't even notice, just like the last 8 times...

You'll be alright, just make sure that you wear your lid and no harm will come to you.....

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chrisonabike replied to Captain Badger | 1 year ago
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Captain Badger wrote:
chrisonatrike wrote:

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They're just "blocking" them so the ambulances can get through.  Like on Critical Mass cycling events. I think.

Not sure about Flintshire's suggestion. I'm all for a bit of protest and awareness-raising. I suspect that by the time I've Araldited my Boardman to the tarmac I'll probably have been crushed several times by trucks who will be able to claim they didn't even notice, just like the last 8 times...

You'll be alright, just make sure that you wear your lid and no harm will come to you.....

Right, Captain, I was forgetting!  Despite all those mentions in the news, the law courts etc. of their life-saving powers I was still lacking faith. (Which another prominent helmet-weared described as "disturbing").

And you're modelling one in your picture to remind us too.

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MarsFlyer replied to Flintshire Boy | 1 year ago
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Actualy the vigils and "die-ins" are very effective. They usually block the road for about 20 minutes and are done with police prescence. If an emergency vehicle needs to get through, the people move themselves and their bikes quickly, causing no disruption.

The die-in at the Bank junction in the City was instrumental in starting the significant changes there. Following the vigils last year at Holborn, TfL and Camden were quick to introduce specifc improvements at that junction.

Unfortunatly Camden's plans to remove the gyratory have been put on hold due to the funding crisis.

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markieteeee replied to MarsFlyer | 1 year ago
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For those who wish to attend: LCC are meeting at Russell Square at 17.30 riding to the junction at 17.50 if you want to arrive with the group. Or join at the junction by 18.00.

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