Don’t let cyclist’s death be in vain’

PUBLISHED: 18:21 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:47 25 August 2010

MOWED DOWN: Adrianna Skrzypiec who died last month.

MOWED DOWN: Adrianna Skrzypiec who died last month.

TRANSPORT chiefs have been blasted by a company boss whose employee was killed cycling home from work.

TRANSPORT chiefs have been blasted by a company boss whose employee was killed cycling home from work.

Adrianna Skrzypiec, 30, from Rotherhithe, was knocked down at the meeting of Woolwich Road and the southbound A102, near East Greenwich Library on May 15.

The Polish 30-year-old was cycling home from her work with Net-A-Porter clothing company, where she was on track to become a supervisor.

The company's founder and Chairman, Natalie Massenet told the Times: "We have actively promoted cycling to work among our team, but this tragic accident calls into question the sense in encouraging our staff to risk their lives on the roads each day.

"Without more tangible commitment to road safety from the Department of Transport and the Mayors office, we will find this more difficult to do."

Last year, pedal cyclists accounted for 13 per cent of road deaths and serious injuries. Two thirds were male.

Rules set for TfL by former London Mayor Ken Livingstone state that accidents leaving cyclists killed or seriously injured must be half the level in the late 1990s by next year.

So far there has only been a 21 per cent reduction, with an average of 566 deaths a year in the 1990s compared to 445 last year.

A spokesperson for London Cycle Campaign said: "We are dismayed by the lack of action in undertaking simple safety measures for cyclists.

"Although Boris Johnson will say funding for cycling has risen this year, the truth is that money for small but vital safety projects was halved to £10 million.

"The rest will be spent on large schemes like the cycle hire system. Meanwhile the London Cycle Network Plus is also behind schedule."

The junction where Ms Skrzypiec died from multiple injuries was described as "wholly unsuitable for cyclists" by members of the campaign, he added.

The lorry that knocked Ms Skrzypiec down never stopped and police have made no arrests.

TfL said safety awareness days were being held and some 20,000 mirrors were being given to freight drivers to help spot cyclists.

A TfL spokesperson added: "Any death on London's roads is one too many. TfL is fully committed to making cycling in London safer."

If you have any information that could police investigating Ms Skrzypiec's death, contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8285 1574.

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