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Witness appeal after cyclist killed on Manchester's Wilmslow Road

Man died at scene of collision with cement mixer on road highlighted as city's most dangerous for those on bikes...

Greater Manchester Police have issued a witness appeal after a cyclist was killed following a collision with a cement mixer on Wilmslow Road in Fallowfield yesterday afternoon.

The male cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, which took place at 3.25pm opposite Manchester University's Owens Park halls of residence, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The newspaper says that the road was closed for several hours while policgconducted investigations, including interviewing the driver of the cement mixer at the scene. It adds that no arrest was made.

Sergeant Lee Westhead of Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “We are investigating the circumstances leading up to this collision and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to call us as soon as possible.”

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit can be contacted on 0161 856 4742.

Daniel Ali, 21, who works close by, told the Manchester Evening News: “There must have been about 10 police cars and quick as a flash they were shutting down a massive area of the road.

“I could see there was one woman walking away crying and a couple of others who looked really shaken up and quickly you realised it was a serious situation - to hear someone’s died is terrible news.

“It’s not unusual at all for cyclists to be knocked off their bikes on that stretch of road - it’s quite common. The road just gets so busy and there’s nowhere for them to go, it’s been a problem for a while.”

Two years ago, law firm Levenes identified several junctions on Wilmslow Road as being among the most dangerous in the city for cyclists.

And last year, Manchester City Council said it planned to introduce cycle lanes and cyclist-only traffic lights in a bid to make the road safer for cyclists, in a move welcomed by local cycling club Manchester Wheelers.

The club's vice-president, Viv Slack, said at the time: “The Wilmslow Road area is a popular route for many cyclists but always feels fairly dangerous with cars and buses pulling in and out of parking spaces and side roads, often without checking mirrors or indicating."

Wilmslow Road is by far the busiest cycle route in Mancchester, with more than 2,000 cyclists riding along it each day.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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