Sad news this morning of an apparent collision between a cyclist and lorry in east Greenwich at the Angerstein roundabout under the Blackwall Tunnel approach which has caused the death of the cyclist. An air ambulance landed nearby to assist.
GREENWICH: A cyclist was reportedly seriously injured on Woolwich Road beneath the A102 flyover around 8:30am this morning. An air ambulance landed nearby at the Millennium Leisure Park by Commercial Way. pic.twitter.com/sOF0nfp0e3
— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) May 18, 2018
It’s the second collision involving a cyclist in a week. The last was on Romney Road.
The roundabout where today’s accident occurred is notorious for being a dangerous spot.
As I’ve written to the point of tedium, almost the entirety of Greenwich is poor for those on foot and cycling and very little income from new developments has done a thing to change that.
Even where cycle lanes exist (which aren’t very good), illegal parking is endemic putting cyclists in danger.
Today’s accident spot is on a TfL managed area. Greenwich Council had been pinning hopes for years on it being altered by a Cycle SuperHighway or Silvertown Tunnel related works. Neither appears to do so.
Mayor Sadiq Khan cut back Cycle Superhighway to Greenwich instead of Woolwich, affecting this junction’s prospects.
I have real fears more accidents will occur, particularly when St Mary Magdalene school opens. As far as I can tell, no road changes or new crossings are being provided for it.
There will be 1,600 pupils ranging from toddlers being dropped off by parents to 17 years old heading to get lunch at east Greenwich fast food takeaways.
Today’s accident happened on a TfL managed area, but 90% of the area is Greenwich borough controlled as this map shows. Red is Greenwich controlled and blue is TfL.
Both need their heads banging to get some improvements and quick, or more accidents WILL happen.