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Hertfordshire police seek cyclist who may have information on fatal crash that claimed rider's life

Incident took place on evening of 9 January; police want to speak to rider seen fixing puncture

Hertfordshire Police have appealed for a cyclist who may have information that could assist them into an investigation into the death of another bike rider earlier this month to come forward.

Charity worker Mark Greenwood from Redbourn, Hertfordshire died on Thursday 9 January following a collision at around 6.25pm that evening with a Volkswagen Golf on Redbourn Road, which runs between the village and St Albans.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has been bailed until 7 April.

PC Dave Clarke from Hertfordshire Police’s collision investigation unit said: “Following an initial appeal about the collision a number of people have contacted us and we are now aware that another cyclist passed Mark prior to the collision.

“This cyclist stopped on Punchbowl Lane to deal with a puncture before going on his way. I would like to appeal to this man, who would not have known the collision occurred, to contact me.”

Anyone with information is requested to contact Hertfordshire Police on the non-emergency number, 101.

Following Mr Greenwood’s death, St Albans Cycle Campaign repeated calls for conditions to be made safer for cyclists on Redbourn Road.

Committee member Mike Hartley told The Herts Advertiser: “We have supported local councillors’ efforts to reduce the speed limit on the road.

“We have also submitted a request to the county council for conversion of the footway along Redbourn Road into a shared pedestrian and cycle route and are awaiting their response.

“We want to see something done as soon as possible to avoid more nasty things happening and to encourage cycling.”

Mr Greenwood’s partner, Susie Ullman, told the newspaper after his death: “Mark was my life partner and heart friend. We’d known each other for 38 years and he was like a father to [her son] Jamie.

“We’re left with the memory of him. He’s left behind something that no-one else will fill. He looked after me. There’s no one bad memory of this beautiful man. He’s irreplaceable.”

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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