On Tuesday 2 cyclists, Andrew McMenigall and Toby Wallace were killed when they were struck by a lorry on the A30 dual carriageway near Newquay, Cornwall. They were setting off on the Lands End to John O’Groats route raising funds for the Kirsten Scott Memorial Trust which is a charity set up in memory of a former colleague who died of cancer.
This double tragedy highlights the need for greater cycle awareness on the part of motorists. In 2012 122 cyclists were killed on Britain’s roads which was a 5 year high, even though the number of people killed in road collisions decreased to 1,754, a fall of 8% from 2011, and the lowest figure since national records began.
It is vital that the government invests more in Britain’s cycling infrastructure and that there is strict application of traffic laws as well as tougher sentencing.
Whilst the precise circumstances of Tuesday’s incident are unknown at this stage, this reinforces the importance of ensuring that Britain’s roads are made safer for cyclists.
The CTC, the national cycling charity, the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, the charity which provides legal support to fight cases involving cyclists and cycling, and Slater and Gordon have joined forces to campaign for road justice. The Road Justice campaign aims to fix the justice system by pressuring the police, the prosecution services, the courts and the law itself to improve the handling of bad driving and bad drivers.