Cyclist’s ghost bike inspires play warning of dangers of riding in London



A play inspired by the death of a young cyclist will aim to highlight the danger of riding a bike in London.

Tamara von Werthern used the case of Eilidh Cairns, who was killed by a 32-tonne tipper truck in Notting Hill, as the basis for her play The White Bike.

Eilidh, 30, (below), was hit from behind as she cycled to work in February 2009. The first permanent ghost bike in London was erected in her memory nearby. HGV driver Joao Pedro Lopes was convicted of driving with defective eyesight and fined £200.


Ms von Werthern, 36, a mother of two from Hackney, said she decided to write the play after returning from maternity leave and passing the crash site on her daily ride to work in Shepherd’s Bush.

She saw many similarities between Eilidh’s life and her own and used it as the…

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