Woman cyclist, 20, becomes first fatality on a ‘Boris Bike’

Cycle Superhighway 2 runs from Bow to Aldgate pic: Flickr (Sludgegulper)

Cycle Superhighway 2 runs from Bow to Aldgate. Pic: Flickr (Sludgegulper).

A 20-year-old woman has died after the “Boris Bike” she was riding collided with a lorry on Whitechapel Road.

The incident is said to have occurred around 18:20 on Friday on Barclays Cycle Superhighway 2 outside Aldgate East underground station.

Paramedics took the woman to the Royal London Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The Metropolitan Police said the driver of the HGV stopped at the scene but had not been arrested. A post-mortem examination is set to take place soon.

The Cycle Superhighways are blue-painted cycle routes which run from outer London to the centre and are designed according to Transport for London, to provide “safer, faster and more direct journeys into the city.”

The collision occurred on a route which runs from Bow to Aldgate. There are currently four routes with a further eight to be introduced by 2015.

Tfl said it is the first fatality involving one of the Hire bikes dubbed “Boris Bikes” which were first launched by London Mayor Boris Johnson in 2010.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of Surface Transport said: “Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of the female cyclist who tragically died… following a collision with a heavy goods vehicle on Whitechapel High Street. We understand she was riding a Barclays Cycle Hire bike.”

“TfL [have] a range of measures already under way to further reduce the number of collisions involving cyclists across London and we will be assisting the Metropolitan Police with their investigation into this tragic incident.”

The incident comes after the death of cyclist Paul Hutcheson, 41, in Lewisham last Monday which prompted Tfl to consider extending Cycle Superhighway 5 into Lewisham town centre.

Any witnesses at the incident are asked to call police on 0208 597 4874.

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