Boris Johnson and top officials escape death when cycling in London

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson and his top officials narrowly escaped death while cycling in east London recently, when an overtaking lorry smashed into a parked car, flinging it across the road into their path.

The lorry was being driven at speed along a narrow road and was overtaking the cyclists who were in single file and being led by the Mayor. The near disaster unfolded when the lorry hit a speed hump and the rear doors, held together by a coat hanger, were flung open.

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.