After the death of 26-year-old Ying Tao near the Bank of England on Monday, hundreds of cyclists protested on Wednesday morning
Hundreds of cyclists descended on Bank on Wednesday morning, the scene of London’s eighth cycling fatality in 2015 earlier in the week.
The crowds brought the busy junction near the Bank of England to a standstill at 8.30am by dismounting from their bikes and observed a period of silence in rememberance of Ying Tao, who collided with a truck there on Monday.
Ms Tao, who had been riding to her job at PricewaterhouseCoopers when the incident occurred in the morning rush hour, was a recently married Oxford graduate. She became the sixth female cyclist to die on London’s roads this year, with seven of the eight cycling-related deaths involving lorries.
The London Cycling Campaign organised the protest as part of its ‘Space for Cycling’ initiative.
“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,” the LCC said on its website.
“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. This includes making lorries safer.”
Islington Green Party councillor, Caroline Russell, told the Evening Standard: “It was very poignant and very moving seeing people standing in the middle of that junction, which is normally filled with traffic barging its way through.
“Having that moment of peace was just very, very moving. It brings it home to you that it could be so different.”