Cycling campaigners organise flash protest at Bank after cyclist dies at junction

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Bank: The 26-year-old cyclist was the eighth person to die on London's roads this year (Source: Getty)
Campaigners are calling on London's cycling community to join a flash protest outside Bank tomorrow morning after a 26-year-old woman died yesterday.
The woman, who has not yet been officially named by police, was hit by a tipper truck just before 9am yesterday. She was in a serious condition when emergency services arrived, and died at the scene.
She is the eighth cyclist to die on London's roads so far this year and the seventh involving a lorry.
The protest, scheduled to take place tomorrow morning (June 24th) between 8am and 8:45am outside Bank is being organised by the London Cycling Campaign.
The organisation said: “We will be gathering to remember the victim and highlight the need for safe space for cycling; not just at this location, but across London.”
Cyclists have been told to meet at two locations – the south side of Finsbury Circus or the west side of London Bridge – at 8am and cycle in to meet at Bank junction at 8:30am.
A spokeswoman told City A.M. there would be a short speech and a minute's silence held on behalf of the victim, and people will be encouraged to lay flowers nearby. The cyclists are expected to be dispersed by 9am.
“More must be done to create high quality space for cycling across London, to enable people of all ages and abilities to ride safely in our city,” the campaign group said. “This includes making lorries safer."
A second, potentially more disruptive, protest is thought to be being organised for next week.
A City of London police spokesman said they were aware of tomorrow's protest, but were not issuing advice around it.
The investigation into the incident was ongoing, he added.

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