Lorries kill twice in one day on London streets

The SE1 community website reports on the killing of a cyclist in Bermondsey, on Tanner Street, this lunchtime. Earlier in the day, a lorry killed a pedestrian in Brixton, on Acre Lane.

Two awful collisions between very large and heavy vehicles and the most vulnerable road users. Almost certainly, both deaths were avoidable. When will someone in a position of power take a stand on this issue???

There has been some uncertainty regarding whether the person killed at Brixton was a cyclist or a pedestrian. At this moment, it is neither here nor there, someone has been killed and that’s really, really bad news. I called the London Ambulance Service press office and the following statement was made to me:

The London Ambulance Service was called at 9.30 am today to reports of a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian & lorry, on Acre Lane. The LAS sent one motorcycle responder, two ambulance crews, a helicopter air ambulance and a duty station officer. Sadly, one patient was pronounced dead by the doctor at the scene.

Update (Wednesday 23rd)

Ross Lydall of the Evening Standard has tweeted that the Metropolitan Police press bureau has confirmed to him that the man killed in Acre Lane, Brixton, was a cyclist, not a pedestrian as I had been informed by the London Ambulance Service press office. The terrible events are reported in the Evening Standard by Rob Parsons.

Update (Thursday 24th)

The Evening Standard has subsequently amended Rob Parsons’s article, reporting that the fatality on Acre Lane was in fact a pedestrian, as originally stated to me by the London Ambulance Service.

Resonance FM Fundraising Auction

Resonance FM is devoting the entire weekend to its annual on-air Fundraising Marathon. Over 100 experiences, items, artworks, rareties and more – all donated by our generous supporters and all up for grabs this weekend.

The reason? We need the money. The cuts have affected us already and the future looks uncertain for all arts organisations including ours. Our content is offered to you FREE throughout the year, so if you like what you hear (or want to broadcast something better yourself), please dig into your pockets and offer a DONATION or BID IN THE AUCTION.

Among the lots for auction is a day in the team car of Rapha-Condor-Sharp. Sitting alongside the Directeur Sportif, you’ll get a unique view of the inside of a professional bike race in the Rapha-Condor-Sharp 2011 race calendar, e.g. the Rás, the Lincoln GP, Ryedale GP etc.

Normally this opportunity is only available to Rapha-Condor-Sharp ‘pink stripe’ members (£1,500 a year subscription), at a cost of £250 per day.

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More details at the Resonance FM website auction page (including item photos & descriptions and a live board showing current winning bids). Listen in until Midnight on Sunday evening – it’s a live broadcast marathon anchored by Jonny Trunk on Saturday and Bob & Roberta Smith on Sunday.

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Cyclosportives are the glamping of amateur cycling – but there is an alternative

One of the highlights of the last season of the show was Kieron Yates’s feature Up the ‘Uts, looking at the historic 32nd Association of cycling clubs, whose membership is dwindling even at a time when cycling is booming. In the discussion that followed both Kieron and Nigel Wood, chairman of the Dulwich Paragon club, expressed concerns that the voluntarism of traditional clubs is being supplanted by a profit-driven motivation as cycling becomes ever more commercialised. Continue reading