Police in Nottingham have issued a witness appeal after a female cyclist died following a collision with an HGV in the city centre yesterday morning.
Police were called to Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham — a four-lane one-way street which appears to have no provision for cycling — at its junction with Pennyfoot Street and Fisher Gate, at around 8.30am yesterday, Thursday July 3.
The rider, who has not been named, was taken to the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre with critical injures but was subsequently pronounced dead.
Eyewitness Judith Birkett, 78, told the Nottingham Post: "I was behind the Greene King lorry. It was like it happened in slow motion and it sort of hung in the air.
"I was so shocked and I think I actually screamed. It was horrible. Somebody dashed across the road to help the cyclist."
Birkett, who runs the Castle pub on Lower Parliament Street, was in her car on the way to Colwick Park when she saw the collision.
"It's a terrible junction because people aren't always aware that there's traffic coming round the corner from Parliament Street," she said.
"I've been here 17 years and have seen some horrendous misses."
The male driver of the Greene King HGV was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The company said it was working with the police to investigae the collision and offered its condolences to the victim's family.
Nottinghamshire police request that anyone who saw the incident or has any information contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, citing Incident Number 000138-03072014.
In January, Nottingham council announced it planned a to spend £600,000 improving two other dangerous junctions to make them safer for cyclists.
After seven cyclists died on the area's roads in 2012, Nottingham councillors and MPs lobbied Parliament to force cyclists to wear helmets and to ban BMX bikes from being used on the roads.
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He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.