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Police in Nottingham have issued a witness appeal after a female cyclist died following a collision with an HGV in the city centre yesterday morning.

Police were called to Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham — a four-lane one-way street which appears to have no provision for cycling — at its junction with Pennyfoot Street and Fisher Gate, at around 8.30am yesterday, Thursday July 3.

The rider, who has not been named, was taken to the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre with critical injures but was subsequently pronounced dead.

Eyewitness Judith Birkett, 78, told the Nottingham Post: "I was behind the Greene King lorry. It was like it happened in slow motion and it sort of hung in the air.

"I was so shocked and I think I actually screamed. It was horrible. Somebody dashed across the road to help the cyclist."

Birkett, who runs the Castle pub on Lower Parliament Street, was in her car on the way to Colwick Park when she saw the collision.

 

"It's a terrible junction because people aren't always aware that there's traffic coming round the corner from Parliament Street," she said.

"I've been here 17 years and have seen some horrendous misses."

The male driver of the Greene King HGV was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The company said it was working with the police to investigae the collision and offered its condolences to the victim's family.

Nottinghamshire police request that anyone who saw the incident or has any information contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on  0800 555 111, citing Incident Number 000138-03072014.

In January, Nottingham council announced it planned a to spend £600,000 improving two other dangerous junctions to make them safer for cyclists. 

After seven cyclists died on the area's roads in 2012, Nottingham councillors and MPs lobbied Parliament to force cyclists to wear helmets and to ban BMX bikes from being used on the roads.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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cshep87 [2 posts] 2 years ago
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My thoughts go out to the family.

I ride this road as part of my daily commute. It's busy and not a nice junction.

Had the day off work yesterday but drove past mid morning whilst the road was still closed. Felt numb when found out someone had died.

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jacknorell [966 posts] 2 years ago
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Airzound wrote:

"After seven cyclists died on the area's roads in 2012, Nottingham councillors and MPs lobbied Parliament to force cyclists to wear helmets and to ban BMX bikes from being used on the roads".

WTF!

Terrible. RIP the dead woman cyclist above.

It's a shame that there's absolutely no appetite for trying the councils that behave like Nottingham under corporate manslaughter. Would be hard to make it stick, but the prosecution alone would sharpen some minds around road safety.

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BikeBud [205 posts] 2 years ago
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I've ridden through that junction many times - it carries a lot of traffic, there is a lot of lane changing, and the traffic can be quite fast. My thoughts go out to the cyclists family.

Where Nottingham does provide routes for cyclists it can be extremely poor, sometimes presenting a greater danger than riding along a busy road.

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banzicyclist2 [299 posts] 2 years ago
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I agree corporate manslaughter charge would certainly rause the stakes. Might even get some action that's meaningful.

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Ramuz [147 posts] 2 years ago
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So they don't bother to engineer safer roads, just force cyclists to put a helmet on. Utter negligence from Nottingham council.

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IanW1968 [271 posts] 2 years ago
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We just need the politicians, police, cps and judiciary to give fuck.

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Jon Malcolm [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Nottingham City Centre is a vile trap of one way systems, sudden lane changes, HGVs, sudden 3/4 lane junctions and really fast traffic. I simply stopped cycling through it and now plan my commutes through the suburbs.

I challenge anyone to ride London Road to Trent Bridge and not be bullied and cut to pieces by the traffic for example.

Regarding the deaths in 2012 - I regularly ride on the road where two of those deaths occurred (kids as I can recall) and I've yet to see anyone obey the new 50 speed limit which was the sole response to those deaths.

Nottinghamshire in general and Nottingham in particular is not served well for safe cycling despite all the press releases the council chuck out saying the opposite.

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cookdn [26 posts] 2 years ago
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That area is terrible and is worsened by two bus depots that use two lanes of the four lane one-way system as a queuing area for their buses at certain times of the day.

I was so shocked the first time I passed through here on my bike just after 1830 on a weekday, I spoke to the two men marshaling buses into the Trent Barton depot. They were completely oblivious to the dangerous road conditions that they were creating.

Nottinghamshire - not the most bike friendly county in the country.  17