In Memory of Smudge - Killed in Hackney
Antony Smith, 37 - killed on 21 April 2008 as he was cycling to work. May he rest in peace! A memorial bike at the site of the fatal accident - Middleton Rd. just east of the A10 (Kingsland Rd), Hackney, London. There have been two fatalities so far this year on this stretch of busy road in Hackney. Please see the accompanying set for more details on this ghost bike.
This is a particularly dangerous junction for the many cyclists who travel through this junction on one of the principal east-west bicycle routes in North and East London. The traffic light phase for traffic on Middleton Rd / St Peter's Way is very short; I've observed a number of drivers accelerating as they approach the junction to get through the light. It is also dangerous because virtually all westbound traffic from Middleton Rd must turn left or right crossing the path of cyclists travelling through the junction. Traffic often stops beyond the Advanced Stop Line.
What to do? This would be a good spot for speed humps close to the junction. I hope this ghost bike helps to galvanize thinking about the need for change. How many more people need to be killed?
See Geoff Dyer's article on ghost bikes in the Guardian: