An appeal by Kate Cairns:
Two years ago on Thursday 5th February 2009 my sister Eilidh, was run
down by a tipper lorry in Notting Hill Gate whilst cycling to work. She
died 2 hours later. She was 30. She was a strong experienced cyclist,
commuting a 20mile round trip daily.
The coroner concluded that it was more likely than not Eilidh was ahead
of the lorry, that she was available to be seen by the driver, and that
the front offside bumper of the lorry made contact with the rear wheel
of the cycle, causing it to fall and Eilidh to be caught up in the
Last year the driver pleaded guilty to driving with uncorrected
defective vision and was given 3 points and a £200 fine. He said he did
not see her. He is still driving his truck.
Heavy Goods Vehicles count for 45% of all London
cyclist deaths but
make up only 5% of road traffic. Across Europe
4000 people, mostly
unprotected road users such as cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians
are killed each because of HGV blind spots.
Our local Member of European Parliament is proposing a change to EU
legislation to have HGVs fitted with sensors and cameras to remove
their blind spots with Written Declaration 81.
We have a ready-made letter, which is translated, along with the actual
WD, into all 23 languages across the EU. (Contact me if you cant find
the link to your language)
1. PLEASE email the letter
to ALL of your MEPs ASAP. It will take less
than 2 minutes. We have a link to the letter, and to your MEPs.
In order to be effective this declaration needs to be signed by half of
the 736 MEPs. There are only 72 MEPs in the UK .
2. PLEASE forward this
email to as many contacts as possible far and
wide across Europe . Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech
Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Cyprus,
Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Finland, Sweden
The WD lapses in less than 2 weeks on Wed 16th Feb. Please act
If you want to do more:
3. PLEASE come to
Strasbourg for 15th and/or 16th Feb to lobby MEPs as
they go into the session.
We are taking Eurostar on Monday 14th Feb, returning Wednesday 16th
4. PLEASE come to Hyde Park
Corner 11.30-12.30 on Monday 14th Feb, for
a media event, before we leave for Strasbourg
All the links are here www.eilidhcairns.com/campaign
appreciate 3 minutes of your time to do 1 and 2. It can help save
lives. Lives that are cherished and sorely lost.
Apologies for any cross-posting.