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Cyclists unite for vigil after death of Kevin Lane

PUBLISHED: 17:43 12 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:43 12 February 2014

The scene following the collision which killed Kevin Lane

The scene following the collision which killed Kevin Lane

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The first cyclist to die in London this year was killed on a Redbridge road on Sunday, leading to calls for lower speed limits and segregated cycle networks.

Kevin Lane, 52, died following a collision with a car in High Road, Woodford Green, at the junction with Bunces Lane, at about 1.30pm.

Police have also launched an appeal for witnesses after a 53-year-old cyclist suffered serious head injuries in a collision at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout in South Woodford on Tuesday at 10.20am.

Robert Greenall, a cyclist from Finchingfield Avenue, Woodford Green, said: “There are certainly dangerous areas in Redbridge where I wouldn’t go and this is something that needs to be addressed.”

Members of Stop Killing Cyclists held a candlelit vigil at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, last night to mark Mr Lane’s death.

Co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said “[The council] needs to immediately protect its pedestrians and cyclists by introducing a safe borough-wide 20mph zone and to invest with the Mayor of London in a comprehensive borough-wide segregated cycle network within five years.”

Four people were killed on Redbridge roads in 2012 – the most recent Transport for London figures available.

Mr Lane, from Rainham, was treated by the London Ambulance Service but went into cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

Anyone with information can call police on 101.

The man hurt at Charlie Brown’s Roundabout is now in a stable condition.

A police spokesman said a 47-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of careless driving has been bailed to return to an east London police station in late April.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to come forward by calling 020 8597 4874.

Redbridge Council has not responded to inquiries from the Recorder.

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