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Published 24/06/2015

Hundreds of cyclists gather at Bank junction in protest at the eighth cycling death on the capital's roads so far this year
Hundreds of cyclists gather at Bank junction in protest at the eighth cycling death on the capital's roads so far this year
Emergency services at the scene of another cyclist death in central London

Hundreds of cyclists have blocked rush hour traffic at one of central London's busiest junctions in protest at the eighth cycling death on the capital's roads so far this year.

All six arms of the Bank junction - home to the Bank of England and a large Tube station at the heart of the City - ground to a halt as the flash protest called by the London Cycling Campaign took place.

During Monday's morning rush hour, Ying Tao, 26, was killed on her way to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers after a collision with a lorry.

The protest, which lasted about 15 minutes, saw a minute's silence and calls for segregated space for cyclists on London's roads and the removal of dangerous lorries from the city's streets.

The meeting was addressed by Ann Kenrick, chairwoman of the London Cycling Campaign's board of trustees.

Many cyclists stood quietly during the protest, while others rang bicyle bells and raised placards.

Of the eight fatalities on London's roads this year, seven have involved heavy goods vehicles.

The protest also marked the death of Clifton James, 60, who was killed in a collision with a car in Harrow in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Building work is currently under way in several London locations on segregated "cycle super highways" and protected junctions. Bank is not currently included.

Neil Hampson, a partner at PricewaterhouseCooper, said: "We are shocked by this tragic news. Ying was a bright and popular colleague with a promising career in front of her.

"She excelled at everything she did, with a passion for life, for work and for the friendships she made. It is a tragedy that a wonderful young woman should lose her life at such an age.

"Our thoughts go out to Ying's family and friends and we will do anything we can to help her family at this very sad and difficult time."

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