http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news ... sh_victim/
Witnesses told how the schoolboy was crossing the road on his bike, with his sister and nanny, when he collided with a black cab.
Amin Adbulla works at Suroor Market, a mini supermarket, just opposite where the crash happened, in Robin Hood Way near the busy A3 junction.
He said: “The nanny was with the younger sister, the boy was on his bike. He comes out in front of the taxi and hits the side of the taxi.
“The taxi driver gets out, I call the ambulance and come out to see if he’s OK.
“I say ‘Ali open your eyes’. The taxi driver puts his coat over the boy. It’s a terrible accident. They are a very good family, it’s so sad.”
http://lcc.org.uk/articles/death-of-eig ... eet-design
If you see the little map on the side, he was killed in a little one-way street outside shops, the sort of place that we are likely to allow kids to cycle, because it appears safe. Unfortunately there is a 30mph speed limit there.
Obviously a terrible experience for family and for the nanny, but as the article above notes, the cab driver who was the other party in the collision, should not be the focus of investigations, we don't know the full story and we shouldn't speculate, but what definitely IS criminal is that it is not safe for children to get to school because of the dominance of the motor car, and the result of that of course is even more people driving to school.
I do feel that the 'school run' is profoundly antisocial and destructive, clogging residential roads with unnecessary journeys and setting children up for a life of obesity and diseases caused by a sedentary lifestyle. Unfortunately the 'right to drive' is seen as far too important so road pricing would be very unpopular, but I would personally like to see journeys taxed by length, with short journeys at peak times taxed very highly, say £5 for a 1 mile journey made at 8:30am, with proportionately lower charges off-peak or for longer distances. We already 'tax' people to travel on trains at busy periods, it is only fair that similar charges should apply on the roads.
My kids (4 and 9) do sometimes cycle to school, I don't feel that it is entirely safe there is a busy A-road (30mph residential, but a through A route nonetheless) to cross, and the crossing promised years ago has never materialised, drivers go along it at 40mph+, very few people will stop for a cyclist or have any consideration or empathy, even for children. I prefer to take them on my own bike, which I have no doubt is safer, but my wife is unable to bring two children on her bike, so they have to go on their own. I am quite aware of the behaviour of children of bikes - not taking the right line at junctions, changing position without doing a shoulder check, hopping from road to pavement with great nonchalance, riding in the gutter, etc., but unfortunately a substantial number of drivers don't know or don't care, and will not drive near child cyclists with the appropriate amount of care, passing them as if they are experienced adults.