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

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.
 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Darkerside [75 posts] 4 years ago
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Second death in two days, after yesterday's lorry/cyclist collision on the A19. How many so far this year?

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 4 years ago
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too many!

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jamtartman [57 posts] 4 years ago
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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

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Ian Brett Cooper [6 posts] 4 years ago
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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.

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hastings [25 posts] 4 years ago
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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.

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Mostyn [396 posts] 4 years ago
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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.