The tragic deaths of two cyclists on roads in and around Norwich have prompted a city MP to hold meetings with council bosses over ways to improve safety.

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Norwich North MP Chloe Smith met officers at Norfolk County Council this week and will meet their counterparts at Norwich City Council next week.

She requested the meetings following the deaths of two cyclists in May and June.

Father-of-one Sam Crisp, 21, suffered fatal head injuries after his bike was in a crash with a car in Sprowston Road, near the Brickmakers pub, on Thursday, May 3.

The scene of the crash, just yards from Mr Crisp’s home in Templemere became a memorial to the young man, who worked at the Menzies warehouse.

And a cyclist in his 40s died in a crash on the B1150 North Walsham Road near the junction with Beeston Lane on Tuesday, June 5.

That crash also involved a black Vauxhall Vectra and a black Saab.

Before the tragedies, Miss Smith, a keen cyclist herself, had been campaigning to promote safer cycling and said, following the deaths, she wanted to meet council officers about how to improve road safety and encourage other preventative measures.

She said: “As a local MP, I have always been keen to work with local authorities and police to improve road safety.

“Two tragic deaths is shocking and wrong and we need to work together to improve safety and awareness. Cycling in our fine city should be safe and enjoyable for all.”

Norwich City Council recently produced a new cycle map of Norwich, highlighting seven main routes through the city, called pedalways.

The routes form a colour-coded network connecting the whole urban area, from Sprowston to Cringleford and Bowthorpe to Broadland Business Park.

The guide, created with help from councils and cyclists, attempts to show shortcuts, quieter roads and safe ways of cycling around the city.

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24 comments

  • Cycle lanes are an issue. Our cities are just not designed with cyclists in mind and so the difficulty is where to put them. It would benefit the city loads if a network of cycle lanes could be designed and built that would mean that cyclists could get across the city minimalising the risk of getting hit by a vehicle. Cepnch, it's your responsibility as a driver to see them. I drive a fork lift and if I hit someone then I am responsible. Saying "I didn't see them" is not an excuse as my training to operate such equipment means that I should be constantly aware of what is going on around me. This should be the case also for drivers. Also, if there are no cycle lanes available, what should cyclists do if they shouldn't cycle on the road? Cycling on the pavement is illegal and is subject to a fine if caught. The councils should have a look at The Times "Cities fit for cyclists" campaign and use that as a basis for any plans they have.

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    CovCanary

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • This issue has been ignored by consecutive NCC administrations. Norfolk needs a cycling officer and consider building cycle path next to every road they are building. Tourist routes and national cycle routes should be made safe and cycle tourism taken seriously. That means that car drivers use their mirrors and look before their turn into roads, because more people cycle these days.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • There needs to be a national campaign similar to "Think Bike" which has worked well for motorcyclists over the years. Depending on whose statistic you use, their accident and death rates have continued fall year on year. Obviously this, along with a decent cycling infrastucture costs money. I wonder how many cyclists would be willing to officially register and pay for it out of their own pocket?

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    frank young

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I am keen cyclist and it annoys me how cyclists seem to think that they have the right to cycle on any footpath. Accidents between cyclists and vehicles are a part of life . Individuals are the cause of the problem and no amount of legislation can alter that. I mostly ride the lanes near my home and always wear a bright yellow day gllo vest. Most drivers are courteous. But the ones that overtake leaving inches to spare are ignorant,selfish morons. Nothing in the world is going to change that , it is in their DNA.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • norman hall, it seems in my case it was death, dangerous, courts, car, bus, van, bus, lorry driver, sentencing, prejudice.

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    frank young

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • While road design can affect risk and some cyclists choose to put themselves in danger by their own actions the fundamental danger is caused by vehicles driven in a dangerous manner. I don't know of any roads which cannot be cycled safely because of the condition or design of the road.. Cycle lanes and cycling officers are a sticking plaster on a gaping wound. We need to seriously address the selfish nature of our society which all too frequently is played out from behind the wheel. Pedestrians suffer even more than cyclists due to the same failings (with deaths up 12% last year over previous). We need better driver education, heavier penalties and much more enforcement action especially in urban areas.

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    Mr Rationality

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • why blame the car driver all the time when cyclists are to blame. Not using the cycle paths instead using the road. Plus cyclists not putting lights on there cycles at night time. Car drivers not fitted with radar, difficult to see a cyclists at bight time with no lights and the rider wearing dark cloths.

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    Cepnch

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Our Cities are also not designed for cars, Covcanary, despite the fact that it was cyclists who campaigned for the modern road surface in the 1920's, made it easier for cars to accelerate and brake. Some drivers don't know when to brake, they are cocooned and or destructed by a safe box, hot and cold air on demand, music, comfy seats, phone conversations, up to three co-drivers and lax judges who think that someone who has killed a person whilst drunk driving needs to get a second chance at it. Road death will go down drastically, once those who have injured and killed whilst drunk, are banned from driving for life.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • @BG - Yes, I agree with you and I would encourage you to report it or at least leave a polite noticereminder to the driver not to park on cycle lane. The cycle lanes are there for our use & safety.

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    Tony Sutton

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • I've been cycling ten miles a day for the last two years in Norwich. It's a pretty good city to cycle around, it's faster than any other method when traffic's bad on match days or whatever. It's better than public transport or sitting behind the puppet man on a bus on a hot day, doesn't half hum. Law breaking is pretty much rife though. Everyone speeds, I see lots of drivers on mobiles on my commute and I've never seen it policed, which is maybe why fewer than 4% of drivers on mobiles get caught. Drivers will bully you at pinch points or overtake and turn left, some older drivers have no idea what's going on around them. At the end of my road a cyclist was killed by a speeding driver. She got a £500 fine and a year's ban. She killed someone whilst she was breaking the law and she suffered a minor inconvenience. That's what's scary, when you realise these idiot drivers could kill you and the legal system just shrugs. We need Presumed Liability so drivers stop messing about and killing 2500 people every year.

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    Stan Bowles

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • I wonder what the key words are that automatically stop comments on this column

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    norman hall

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • I am pleased to see Chloe Smith is taking this up. East Anglia could be a fantastic place to cycle, both for residents and tourists, but the attitude of the majority (in my experience) of car, commercial vehicle and bus drivers make it an often frightening experience. This applies on rural roads as much as in town. I'm not particularly a Wiggo fan (my admiration for Fabian Cancellara knows no bounds) but it would be good if his probable Tour de France victory today - I'm writing at midday - engenders some interest in cycling as an important mode of transport and as a leisure activity as well as a great competitive sport.

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    point du jour

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • In general, there seems to be a great deal of prejudice from the general public and the courts in particular for anybody on two wheels whether it be powered or pedal. The assumption is you're automatically partly to blame in any incident simply because you're on two wheels and not in some cosy, "safe" tin box like the rest of them. Stiffer penalties for death by dangerous driving would be a start. And how many more car, van, lorry, bus drivers will walk free from court when the basic defence is " I just didn't see him your honour"? It's sickening and makes my blood boil every time I read it.

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    frank young

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • More cycle paths are not the answer because some cyclists prefer to ride on the main carriageway even when cycle paths are provided. It is difficult to educate some road users.

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    nicholas dasey

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • I see my previous comment has been censored by the EDP. Mmmmm wonder why and what criteria they use. The point I made was that as a cyclist I find that other cyclists have taken over the footpaths, even in areas heavy with foot traffic. But on the lanes on which I cycle , most motorists are courteous. The ones that speed by trying to skin my legs are beyond comprehension. And it is all age groups ,not just boy girl racers.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • when i give cyclists a wide berth in the car i get hooted at by typical "Norfolk drivers".

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    bookworm

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Book worm, as a cyclist. Thank you for the wide berth. I wish more were like you.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • There needs to be a national campaign similar to "Think Bike" which has worked well for motorcyclists over the years. Depending on whose statistic you use, their accident and death rates have continued fall year on year. Obviously this, along with a decent cycling infrastucture costs money. I wonder how many cyclists would be willing to officially register and pay for it out of their own pocket?

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    frank young

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • @Cepnch - did you know that all cyclists are NOT required to cycle on the cycle path? There is no law stating that. I agree that any slow cyclists should use the cycle lanes but for the 'regulars' who go more than 20mph should be on roads as going more than 20mph on a shared path is not very safe.

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    Tony Sutton

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • As a someone who cycles regularly its seems to me you take your life in you hands every time you ride out. Some motorists just don't seem to give a toss about you.

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • What`s the point of having cycle lanes when motorists park their vehicles on them.

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    BG

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • I feel there are two issues that Norwich needs to work on. Firstly, we have very few dedicated cycling lanes in the City and across our county and we seem to miss opportunities as roads are resurfaced or changed (eg St Augustine's area). Secondly, there is an attitude problem with both decision makers and many local drivers, where cyclists appear to be a "nuisance" rather than a growing benefit (ie less pollution, healthier citizens). With a little bit of imagination, Norwich and Norfolk should be a cycling haven for local communities and for holidaymakers - we live in a great county and you experience it best from the saddle of a bike.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • when are you going to be a real mp chloe smith and talk about real issues concerning people like housing jobs and immigration

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    milecross

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • They haven't had the inquest yet. Trelawney Burgoyne was killed on that road, I can't find any evidence that what you claimis true, what's your source please?

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    Stan Bowles

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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