Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Calls for scheme to protect cyclists travelling on Suffolk’s roads following hit and run incidents

PUBLISHED: 14:19 17 July 2017

Patrick Crew of Boxford Bike Club is calling for Operation Close Pass to be brought to Suffolk to safeguard cyclists on the county's roads
Picture: FERGUS MUIR

Patrick Crew of Boxford Bike Club is calling for Operation Close Pass to be brought to Suffolk to safeguard cyclists on the county's roads Picture: FERGUS MUIR

Archant

Cyclists in Suffolk are pushing for the introduction of a scheme to reduce dangerous overtaking of bikes by motor vehicles on the county’s roads.

The call to bring in the Operation Close Pass initiative comes after a cyclist was knocked off his bike near Sudbury by a van driver who did not stop. It was the second ‘hit and run’ in the area involving a cyclist in a fortnight.

The rider, who did not want to be named, was on a road close to Borley Church on July 9 when a white van accelerating up the hill passed too close and clipped his helmet. He suffered concussion, with a sore upper back and neck and was taken to hospital.

He recalled: “I went into the rut at the side of the road to avoid it [the van], but I believe I then counterbalanced myself and hit my helmet on the van.

“I was left lying in the road – conscious at the time, but drifted in and out whilst waiting for the ambulance.”

Patrick Crew, who is a member of Boxford Bike Club and Cycle Club Sudbury, says Operation Close Pass will help prevent similar incidents.

The scheme, which has been introduced in other parts of the UK is led by roads policing units, and involves plain clothes police officers on bikes targeting roads with a high number of reported “near misses”.

Drivers who pass dangerously close are identified, stopped by police and offered road-side education on how to pass cyclists safely. Officers also look out for cyclists behaving dangerously.

Mr Crew said: “Cycling at all levels is booming in the area and I would like to make it safer for all, whether it’s a child riding a bike to school, someone popping to the local shops or a club member enjoying a ride at the weekend.

“Those riding bikes also need to act according to the Highway Code and law. People riding bikes though are far more vulnerable by definition. If motorists take a few seconds longer when passing a cyclist, it could prevent potentially fatal consequences.”

Detective Inspector Chris Hinitt, of Norfolk and Suffolk police, said the Close Pass scheme highlights the need for motorists to give cyclists space and reminds cyclists to ride considerately.

He added: “Suffolk and Norfolk Constabularies are planning to introduce the Close Pass initiative later in the summer in both counties. Preparations are in hand and a launch date is expected soon.”

The family of Corrie McKeague will today be out on the streets of Bury St Edmunnds talking to members of the public to mark the year anniversary of his disappearance.

A teenager who had to be freed from the wreckage of a car by firefighters following a crash in Essex today is fighting for his life in hospital.

As the deadline for Stars of Suffolk nominations approaches, organiser Mick Parker is looking ahead to the “emotional and wonderful” annual ceremony that brings together the county’s unsung heroes for one night of celebration.

An 18-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Essex has been found safe.

The BurySOUND music competition is looking for up and coming bands to sign up for next year’s event - as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Last week I wrote about samphire on Suffolk’s only island, Havergate. It got me thinking about the abundance of free foods that can be foraged, particularly at this time of year, writes Sheena Grant.

A motorist who consumed a cocktail of drugs before causing a crash on a Suffolk road which left a woman with “life-changing injuries” has been jailed for 28 months.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24