Tragic death of London cyclist killed by a tipper lorry inspires new play

Eilidh Cairns was fatally injured after being hit by a tipper truck as she cycled to work in London in 2009. The incident is the inspiration behind The White Bike, a play that has opened this week

'The White Bike' at The Space theatre.

(Image credit: The Space)

The death of a cyclist in London has served as the inspiration of a new stage play, The White Bike, named after the 'ghost bikes' left at the scene of cyclist fatalities as a memorial.

Eilidh Cairns was cycling into work in London on the morning of February 5 2009 when she was hit from behind by a tipper lorry. She was dragged along the road by the vehicle, and died in hospital later that day of her injuries. A ghost bike and a plaque are on the spot at Notting Hill Gate where she died.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.