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Man in his 40s is third cycling death in a week in Bath-Bristol area

 

A cyclist has died following a collision in Failand, a small village west of Bristol yesterday morning, November 19.

The cyclist, a man in his forties, was in collision with an oil tanker in Horse Race Lane at just after 10am.

He was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital after suffering serious injuries, but died this morning, November 20.

The road was closed for around four hours to allow for enquiries to take place at the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw the collision, or anyone with information which could assist their inquiries, to come forward.

If you can help, please call the Collision Investigation Unit via 101.

This is the 13th cycling death in the UK so far this month, and the third in the Bath-Bristol area in the last week. On November 14, a 63-year-old man died of injuries sustained on Gloucester Road Bristol the previous day. No other vehicles are reported to have been involved.

On November 17, Jake Gilmore was killed in a suspected hit-and-run incident on Midland Bridge Road in Bath.

A 52-year-old man man from Bath has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after police found a VW Golf abandoned near Royal Victoria Park. The car had damage consistent with the collision and has been seized for forensic examination.

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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bendertherobot [957 posts] 2 years ago
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Presume this is heating oil as that's a very very narrow road

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 2 years ago
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Does it matter what type of oil. A trucks a truck and they are all big and hard.

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RPK [80 posts] 2 years ago
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Looking at the lane in Google Street View, it's practically a footpath!

Link: https://maps.google.co.nz/maps?safe=off&q=horse+race+lane+failand+bristo...

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Grubbythumb [61 posts] 2 years ago
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Horse Race Lane is a very narrow road, and the type of place I would consider relatively safe to ride, but obviously not in this case.

I'm also interested in the last paragraph of the item, "A 52 year old man from Bath has been arrested...." Let's hope they've got the right man and lets hope that this time they really throw the book at him (unlikely I know, but we can hope).

Hit and run is indescribably cowardly, and the seemingly growing inability of people to take responsibility for their own action constantly bothers me and makes me wonder where our society is heading.

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PJ McNally [591 posts] 2 years ago
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RIP.

That lane is beautiful. Do drivers not realize that, round the next blind bend, we might just be cycling there?

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bendertherobot [957 posts] 2 years ago
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Guyz2010 wrote:

Does it matter what type of oil. A trucks a truck and they are all big and hard.

Yes. Because one of them won't fit down there and the other will barely fit. So if driving either you'd expect them to be at walking pace.

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Mostyn [396 posts] 2 years ago
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Too many injuries and DEATHS of cyclists on our roads!! It's time to get something in place to act as a deterant to careless motorists. This news of 3, deaths in the Bath area; and 6, in London this month; that's 9, human lives lost through careless (and I do mean CARE-LESS) driving. If this 52, year old is the right guy; and found guilty of this hit-n-run (Murder) I hope they lock the Bar-steward, in prison for a long time.

Lets work to make cycling safer on our roads, life is precious to everyone.