Deaths of cyclists prompts safety questions by Norwich MP

Sunday, July 22, 2012
6:30 AM

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.

• Do you think enough is being done to make cycling safe? Write to Evening News Letters, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE or email



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