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Bristol police appeal for information after 13th November cycling fatality on UK roads

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.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

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 Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for 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 before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Mostyn | 10 years ago

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.

PJ McNally | 10 years ago


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

Grubbythumb | 10 years ago

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.

RPK | 10 years ago

Looking at the lane in Google Street View, it's practically a footpath!


bendertherobot | 10 years ago

Presume this is heating oil as that's a very very narrow road

Guyz2010 replied to bendertherobot | 10 years ago

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

bendertherobot replied to Guyz2010 | 10 years ago
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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