Cyclists stage ‘die-in’ protest after latest London rider fatality

London cyclists protest at the death of 32-year-old Esther Hartsilver on May 29 in Camberwell after collision with HGV

Cyclists brought traffic to a halt in Camberwell, London, on Monday night by staging a ‘die-in’ protest on the spot where Esther Hartsilver was fatally injured by a lorry while cycling on May 29.

The 32-year-old Kings College Hospital physiotherapist is the sixth cyclist to be killed on London’s roads so far this year, and all of those incidents have involved a heavy goods vehicle.

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Road safety campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists organised the protest to raise awareness of the continued plight of cyclists on the capital’s roads.

“Tonight’s emotional die-in, which included the cyclist’s family and friends, sends a loud message to Southwark Council that it must urgently install protected cycle lanes and protected left hand turns at junctions across the borough,” Nicola Branch of Stop Killing Cyclists told the London Evening Standard.

Southwark Council leader Peter John has said that plans are being made to improve cyclist safety in the borough, with “millions of pounds” being spent on improving infrastructure.

“Last year I proposed a London-wide ban on HGVs during rush hour to protect cyclists, and following the tragic death of Esther Hartsilver the case for such a ban remains strong,” said John. “I will be writing to the Mayor of London this week asking him to look at this with us urgently.”