Cycling tragedy - Abergele Sunday 8th January 2006
Three adults and a fourteen year old boy have been killed in a collision with a car on the A547 North Wales. They were members of Rhyl Cycling Club and were heading towards Llandudno for a day's ride.
CTC Cymru riders pause before setting off on their weekly ride from Colwyn Bay pier to Abergele
The following Press Release was issued by CTC Cymru.
CTC clearly cannot comment on the circumstances of this tragic incident involving a motor vehicle, and group of adults and children cycling on the Abergele - Rhuddlan A547 road at approximately 10.00 hrs this morning.
However it should serve as a timely reminder that cyclists have every right to travel in safety on the roads of this country, and motorists at all times need to exercise the greatest care when overtaking cyclists from the rear, or approaching from the front.
Increasingly we hear reports of cyclists’ safety being placed in jeopardy by inconsiderate motorists. Some months ago members of the Great Britain cycle racing team, including Olympic silver medal winner Paul Mannion, described in a BBC Radio 4 report the extraordinary hostility they regularly encounter from drivers, some of whom go so far as to use their vehicle as an offensive weapon.
An increase use of the bicycle is a key factor in a number of government policies (transport, environment, health, etc) This can only be achieved if public debate on cycling, and the legitimate needs of cyclists, is raised to a far higher level than at present.
Furthermore we all need to examine the assertive culture of the road which annually leads to 45,000 deaths and serious injury, and 300,000 other injuries on the roads of this country
CTC’s sympathies naturally go out to the victims, families, and friends of those involved in this incident. And this should also include the public servants who are called upon daily to deal with road tragedies, and whose lives cannot remain unaffected.
Alun Pugh, Minister for Sport, writes on the Rhyl Cycling Club Tragedy
Cycling Crash Survivor's Hell