‘Campaign has had success, but more needs to be done’

Heather Cairns with Eilidh Cairns' ghost bike.
Heather Cairns with Eilidh Cairns' ghost bike.

The sister of a woman who was killed while cycling through London has claimed that a campaign launched after the tragic incident has made progress, but more still needs to be done to prevent ‘needless deaths’.

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the death of Eilidh Cairns, 30, from Ellingham, who was hit by a truck.

Following the fatal incident, her family launched the See Me Save Me appeal, dedicated to reducing lorry danger and saving lives.

Today also marks the third anniversary of the campaign launch and Eilidh’s sister Kate says that while much has been achieved, the fight is not over.

Kate, of Newton-by-the-Sea, said: “The See Me Save Me campaign was launched on February 5, 2012, on the third anniversary of Eilidh’s death.

“Much progress has been made in tackling the menace of dangerous lorries on our urban streets, but still the needless deaths continue.

“For example, in the last 10 days, there have been three people hit by lorries in London.”

Last year, Kate, along with Cynthia Barlow, chairman of the supporting charity RoadPeace, went to Brussels with Transport for London to lobby MEPs for improved direct vision in lorries. Member states voted to adopt changes to the designs of lorry cabs. Meanwhile, a report by Loughborough University showed that re-designing lorry cabs would cut the number of deaths.

As part of the anniversary commemorations, Eilidh’s mother Heather, a county councillor for Alnwick, was in London yesterday to see Eilidh’s ghost bike – a memorial at the spot where she was killed.

For more information about the campaign, visit seemesaveme.com