Witness appeal after collision with lorry claims cyclist's life in Thatcham, Berkshire this morning

Thames Valley Police apeal for information over incident that took place at 7.50am

by Simon_MacMichael   January 24, 2012  

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight, www.flickr.com)

Thames Valley Police have appealed for witnesses after a cyclist was killed this morning following a collision with a lorry on the A4 Bath Road in Thatcham, Berkshire. The fatal incident took place at around 7.50am close to the junction with Pound Lane.

The victim, a 40-year-old male from Thatcham, was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading but died of his injuries.

Police said they were questioning the lorry driver involved, and that Bath Road had remained closed to allow collision investigators to examine the scene.

Anyone who saw this morning’s collision or has other information that could help police in their enquiry is asked to get in touch with PC Samantha Allen at the Three Mile Cross Roads Policing Unit by calling the 24-hour non-emergency number, 101.
 

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Second death in two days, after yesterday's lorry/cyclist collision on the A19. How many so far this year?

posted by Darkerside [59 posts]
24th January 2012 - 15:46

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too many!

posted by mad_scot_rider [538 posts]
24th January 2012 - 16:09

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Its a tragedy, but think on this: cycling is mostly discretionary spending. If I were an advertiser, I wouldn't want my add on the same page as this news report.
Fair play to road.cc for carrying such news, but with so much of it, it will be putting people off cycling. I don't know the answer, just playing devils advocate, though I am sure it has been said before

posted by jamtartman [28 posts]
24th January 2012 - 17:19

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I think it's important to make people aware that our roads need to be safer.

People just need to keep in mind that cycling is actually a very safe activity - a lifetime spent cycling is half as likely to result in death on the road as a lifetime spent driving a motor vehicle. The chances of dying on a bicycle are something like 1 in 150, while the chances of dying in a car are about 1 in 75. The chance of a cyclist being killed on any particular day is 1 in 3,000,000. Great odds.

But even with great odds, a few unlucky folks are going to die, and we need to keep working to make it even fewer, and for that to happen, cycling deaths need to be broadcast.

posted by Ian Brett Cooper [6 posts]
24th January 2012 - 18:00

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I'm quite perplexed as to how this happened because I regularly ride this section of road and there's a large, good quality, cycle path where the accident happened.

posted by hastings [25 posts]
24th January 2012 - 19:21

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Saddened by the news that yet another cyclist has lost his life! We need some public information ads on television and cinemas; similar to the road transport ad "THINK BIKE" for the greater protection of "Motor-Cycle-Riders" We/us Cyclists could do with a comparitive public information ad.

posted by Mostyn [400 posts]
26th January 2012 - 18:47

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