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Partner of cyclist killed in Manchester nearly run over as she lay flowers at the scene

Gemma Gooden plans to sue driver and is urging Manchester City Council to improve 30mph signage

The partner of a cyclist killed in Manchester last year by a speeding car on a slip road leading to Mancunian Way says she was nearly run over while laying flowers at the scene. Gemma Gooden is urging Manchester City Council to improve signage at the location, and plans to sue the driver involved.

Earlier this month, a coroner’s inquest heard that Jaye Bloomfield, aged 37, died from serious head and chest injuries sustained when she was hit by a car as she made her way across a pedestrian crossing, straddling her bike, in August last year.

Her death happened a fortnight before the first anniversary of her and Ms Gooden’s civil partnership, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Police say the vehicle was travelling at between 41 and 49 miles an hour in a 30 mile an hour zone, but the driver, Michael Campbell, escaped prosecution because of the absence of correct signage notifying motorists of the speed limit.

Coroner Fiona Borrill said she would be writing to Manchester City Council to ask when the correct signage would be put in place, and Ms Gooden is now urging the local authority to take action.

“I don’t want other families to go through what happened to Jaye,” she said.

“I went to leave flowers there last week and I stepped out on a green light and a car came through really fast. It was a near-miss, I was nearly run over.

“I don’t understand why the council hasn’t put better signs in there yet - you would have thought somebody dying would be enough.”

She revealed that she plans to bring a civil action against the motorist with the help of her solicitor, Carol Jackson of the law firm Slater & Gordon.

Ms Gooden issued an appeal for witnesses, including pedestrians in the vicinity when the crash happened, saying: “I hope they will come forward. I want to fight for justice for Jaye.

“I miss Jaye every day. I still cycle but it’s just not the same without Jaye. She was the person I wanted to spend my life with and grow old with and that’s been taken away from me.

A spokesman for Manchester City Council told the Manchester Evening News that 30mph signs are positioned at the beginning of the slip road, as well as a 50 mph sign at its junction with the motorway.

He added that the council was working alongside Greater Manchester Police to improve the 30mph signage, and that works will be undertaken “in the next few weeks.”

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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