Family of grandmother killed following collision with cyclist call for greater security measures

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THE family of a grandmother who died after being in collision with a push bike in Hereford city centre are calling for greater measures to protect pedestrians.

Mary Evans, 73, was returning to the city's railway station following a day's shopping with a friend when the collision occurred close to the Lakeland store on Commercial Street.

The Droitwich pensioner died last Friday just over a week after the accident, which happened at 3pm on July 30.

Bylaw documents shown to the Hereford Times show push bikes are not allowed to be ridden in Commercial Street between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

David Evans had been married to Mary for 52 years, having first met his then wife-to-be when the pair were 16.

He said: "I gave her a £10 note to get her train ticket and she never came back.

"I was expecting her home about 20 minutes after I received a phone call telling me what had happened.

"She was very fit and sprightly and really enjoyed visiting Hereford.

"We think that if we can do something to stop people whizzing around busy shopping areas that it might help save others.

"We want to stress we're not against cyclists; I'm a keen cyclist myself. It is not the bikes but some of the people on them."

Mr Evans' views were echoed by the couple's daughter, Jane Dunkley.

"It is tragic enough that it is my mum but what if it was a child," she said.

"What would a parent be going through right now?

"We want something good to come of her death and to stop this happening to anyone else. We don't want her to die in vain.

"People are often unaware of the consequences of cycling in areas like this. That needs to be highlighted."

Mrs Evans had three children and five grandchildren.

An inquest is due to be opened into her death.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 424 of 30th July.

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10:22am Thu 14 Aug 14

Ivor P says...

Menace a lot of them-but no police enforcement & I say this as cyclist myself-person should be charged with manslaughter & banged up as a lesson to all the moronic pavement cyclists out there..
Menace a lot of them-but no police enforcement & I say this as cyclist myself-person should be charged with manslaughter & banged up as a lesson to all the moronic pavement cyclists out there.. Ivor P
  • Score: 28

12:55pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jd1950 says...

I know Ivor P, I have seen people on cycles going past police officers in high town, who did not stop them.
, And the type of people I see cycling in high town could not give a t*** about anyone else. Cyclists should have to hold insurance to pay for things like this, and yes they should by charged with manslaughter , because as sure as day follows night, if you were in a motor vehicle they would soon be chasing you. For too long, the powers that be are far too lenient with these people, it is as if, it is too much bother to up hold the law, and make these morons aware.
It is dreadful that this family had to meet up with one of our morons, on a nice day out to Hereford.
I know Ivor P, I have seen people on cycles going past police officers in high town, who did not stop them. , And the type of people I see cycling in high town could not give a t*** about anyone else. Cyclists should have to hold insurance to pay for things like this, and yes they should by charged with manslaughter , because as sure as day follows night, if you were in a motor vehicle they would soon be chasing you. For too long, the powers that be are far too lenient with these people, it is as if, it is too much bother to up hold the law, and make these morons aware. It is dreadful that this family had to meet up with one of our morons, on a nice day out to Hereford. jd1950
  • Score: 19

1:52pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Herefordian07 says...

I have to walk up the Whitecross road morning and night and it is a nightmare with cyclists using the footpath (now the moronic council has deemed it a cycle route too) they cycle at road speeds weaving in and around pedestrians, prams and pushchairs, I have been clipped several times and when I say "Please be more careful" I get a load of foul mouthed abuse hurled at me, on Monday this week I was walking home under an umbrella it was lashing down with rain when two police officers came up behind me on their cycles tinkled their bells and brushed past me at speed, so I don't think they are much of a role model either. I love cycling but I choose to use the road not pavements it is far too dangerous and it isn't safe to walk o the path anymore. Here is a question, when I slowly emerge from my blind driveway and a cyclist is belting along at speed I have to halt immediately even though the idiot on the bike can see me before I can see them, who is at fault if we collide? Yes it is me isn't it.
I have to walk up the Whitecross road morning and night and it is a nightmare with cyclists using the footpath (now the moronic council has deemed it a cycle route too) they cycle at road speeds weaving in and around pedestrians, prams and pushchairs, I have been clipped several times and when I say "Please be more careful" I get a load of foul mouthed abuse hurled at me, on Monday this week I was walking home under an umbrella it was lashing down with rain when two police officers came up behind me on their cycles tinkled their bells and brushed past me at speed, so I don't think they are much of a role model either. I love cycling but I choose to use the road not pavements it is far too dangerous and it isn't safe to walk o the path anymore. Here is a question, when I slowly emerge from my blind driveway and a cyclist is belting along at speed I have to halt immediately even though the idiot on the bike can see me before I can see them, who is at fault if we collide? Yes it is me isn't it. Herefordian07
  • Score: 14

3:14pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jacko59 says...

I have always said Hereford has the only pedestrian precinct where you still have to look to cross the road. The amount of vehicles in this area when the road is closed is beyond belief and none of them get a parking ticket.
I have always said Hereford has the only pedestrian precinct where you still have to look to cross the road. The amount of vehicles in this area when the road is closed is beyond belief and none of them get a parking ticket. jacko59
  • Score: 14

3:37pm Thu 14 Aug 14

fmrbill says...

The police failed again only approx 1 mth ago article in HT warning to cyclist dont cycle on pavements we will catch you. What a load of old ball, should have read #pls dont ride on pavements you will make us look bad as we we want to do it ourselves and dont want to get out of car when we see you doing it and give you a ticket, its to much hard work # come on supt thomas supposed to be in charged in hereford you going to admit you lost the streets to cyclists like the last supt powell admitted police lost control of streets and were going to claim them back. Does anyone know if cyclist been caught yet arrested etc or yet another unsolved crime
The police failed again only approx 1 mth ago article in HT warning to cyclist dont cycle on pavements we will catch you. What a load of old ball, should have read #pls dont ride on pavements you will make us look bad as we we want to do it ourselves and dont want to get out of car when we see you doing it and give you a ticket, its to much hard work # come on supt thomas supposed to be in charged in hereford you going to admit you lost the streets to cyclists like the last supt powell admitted police lost control of streets and were going to claim them back. Does anyone know if cyclist been caught yet arrested etc or yet another unsolved crime fmrbill
  • Score: 8

5:32pm Thu 14 Aug 14

kathryn@evans406.fsnet.co.uk says...

Thank you for your comments, the police know who this cyclist is.
No words can explain our loss but as Mary Evans daughter I want to see cyclists banned and maybe bikes having to be insured. Padestrians and cyclists do not mix. We will do all we can to stop this happening to anyone else and our mother would be proud of that. The public have a right to be safe when out shopping and I would also like skateboards to be under the rule in pedestrian areas. Please support our family and prevent something as dreadful happening to someone else. Kathryn Evans daughter.
Thank you for your comments, the police know who this cyclist is. No words can explain our loss but as Mary Evans daughter I want to see cyclists banned and maybe bikes having to be insured. Padestrians and cyclists do not mix. We will do all we can to stop this happening to anyone else and our mother would be proud of that. The public have a right to be safe when out shopping and I would also like skateboards to be under the rule in pedestrian areas. Please support our family and prevent something as dreadful happening to someone else. Kathryn Evans daughter. kathryn@evans406.fsnet.co.uk
  • Score: 23

8:15pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Wattsy.no1 says...

Cyclist on roads only as when I used to ride a bike. Many a verbal clip on the ear from the police then and the occasional real one. No lights at night also very common. Cycle test as well plus a licence..
Cyclist on roads only as when I used to ride a bike. Many a verbal clip on the ear from the police then and the occasional real one. No lights at night also very common. Cycle test as well plus a licence.. Wattsy.no1
  • Score: 3

11:20pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Look the police are not interested they say they are busy doing whatever, ring them and their busy, my wife was mugged some time ago and it took them four days to make an appearance. I do not blam individual officers but their senior officers have a case to answer while awaiting their pensions.
Look the police are not interested they say they are busy doing whatever, ring them and their busy, my wife was mugged some time ago and it took them four days to make an appearance. I do not blam individual officers but their senior officers have a case to answer while awaiting their pensions. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: 10

12:03pm Fri 15 Aug 14

megilleland says...

Cyclists MUST NOT… Ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate
manner

Road Traffic Act (RTA) 1988 sections 28 to 32 as amended by RTA 1991
(sect 7) cover this cycling offence amongst others.

http://www.legislati
on.gov.uk/ukpga/1988
/52/contents
Cyclists MUST NOT… Ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner Road Traffic Act (RTA) 1988 sections 28 to 32 as amended by RTA 1991 (sect 7) cover this cycling offence amongst others. http://www.legislati on.gov.uk/ukpga/1988 /52/contents megilleland
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Herefordian says...

A few Sundays ago on the A438 heading towards Brecon in my car on the brow near Bridge Sollars Car Sales, red band in middle of road, double white lines and 2 cyclists taking up the full width of my side of the road, couldn't see over the brow and a friendly toot just had them looking back as if to say "what" so had to follow until I could see it was clear to overtake. I am not against cyclists but taking up all of the road is not on
A few Sundays ago on the A438 heading towards Brecon in my car on the brow near Bridge Sollars Car Sales, red band in middle of road, double white lines and 2 cyclists taking up the full width of my side of the road, couldn't see over the brow and a friendly toot just had them looking back as if to say "what" so had to follow until I could see it was clear to overtake. I am not against cyclists but taking up all of the road is not on Herefordian
  • Score: -4

2:34pm Sat 16 Aug 14

amanda_martin says...

Before we get the pitchforks and flaming torches out, maybe the answer is not to ban cycling but to plan for it and then encourage it.

As a transport planner, I've been to Europe and seen for myself what we're missing out on in Britain. I've seen for myself the bustling streets, the cooperative civility, the thriving local businesses and the children enjoying the kind of freedom and independence that our kids have never known. I've seen for myself that cycling is good for society in every way possible and I know the massive benefits for safety, neighbourliness, local economies and quality of life that good cycling provision could bring us in Hereford if only we had the vision and political will to embrace it.

I admit I cycle on the pavement. I do it because I would rather be vilified and prosecuted than dead but pavement cycling is not a good thing. It's the sign of a hostile road environment and a transport paradigm that has gone badly wrong. The answer in Hereford is quite simply to provide cycle lanes. Then everyone knows where they are supposed to be. Pedestrians don't have to look over their shoulders, cyclists can feel safe and drivers can get back to abusing each other.
Before we get the pitchforks and flaming torches out, maybe the answer is not to ban cycling but to plan for it and then encourage it. As a transport planner, I've been to Europe and seen for myself what we're missing out on in Britain. I've seen for myself the bustling streets, the cooperative civility, the thriving local businesses and the children enjoying the kind of freedom and independence that our kids have never known. I've seen for myself that cycling is good for society in every way possible and I know the massive benefits for safety, neighbourliness, local economies and quality of life that good cycling provision could bring us in Hereford if only we had the vision and political will to embrace it. I admit I cycle on the pavement. I do it because I would rather be vilified and prosecuted than dead but pavement cycling is not a good thing. It's the sign of a hostile road environment and a transport paradigm that has gone badly wrong. The answer in Hereford is quite simply to provide cycle lanes. Then everyone knows where they are supposed to be. Pedestrians don't have to look over their shoulders, cyclists can feel safe and drivers can get back to abusing each other. amanda_martin
  • Score: 2

5:23am Tue 19 Aug 14

Alan M says...

Herefordian wrote:
A few Sundays ago on the A438 heading towards Brecon in my car on the brow near Bridge Sollars Car Sales, red band in middle of road, double white lines and 2 cyclists taking up the full width of my side of the road, couldn't see over the brow and a friendly toot just had them looking back as if to say "whatWhen overtaking a cyclist you do realise you have to give them as wide a birth as a full vehicle? So whether there is one bike or two side by side it should make no difference to the manner in which you overtake.

I drive and I use a bike (fair weather cyclist). Using the bike on our roads is fairly terrifying to be honest. But I'm also fully aware of how I cycle and take into consideration the often haphazard movements of pedestrians, be they walking on the cycle route or stepping out into the road without looking as they can't hear a vehicle's motor (one day it's gonna be an electric car).

I fully agree with the comments about cyclists without lights (that should be open season for drivers when it's dark, raining and the cyclist has dark clothing if you ask me) and also the blatant disregard many show to other pavement and road users. Some people are just ignorant t**ts I guess.

As for High Town, well that should be cyclist free. And the Whitecross Road cyclepath not being segregated? Which idiot from the Council put her or his name to that? Not only do they walk amongst us they are also in positions of decision making. The mind boggles.

My heart goes out to Mrs Evans' family and I hope that something practical and safe comes from this that is good for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
[quote][p][bold]Herefordian[/bold] wrote: A few Sundays ago on the A438 heading towards Brecon in my car on the brow near Bridge Sollars Car Sales, red band in middle of road, double white lines and 2 cyclists taking up the full width of my side of the road, couldn't see over the brow and a friendly toot just had them looking back as if to say "whatWhen overtaking a cyclist you do realise you have to give them as wide a birth as a full vehicle? So whether there is one bike or two side by side it should make no difference to the manner in which you overtake. I drive and I use a bike (fair weather cyclist). Using the bike on our roads is fairly terrifying to be honest. But I'm also fully aware of how I cycle and take into consideration the often haphazard movements of pedestrians, be they walking on the cycle route or stepping out into the road without looking as they can't hear a vehicle's motor (one day it's gonna be an electric car). I fully agree with the comments about cyclists without lights (that should be open season for drivers when it's dark, raining and the cyclist has dark clothing if you ask me) and also the blatant disregard many show to other pavement and road users. Some people are just ignorant t**ts I guess. As for High Town, well that should be cyclist free. And the Whitecross Road cyclepath not being segregated? Which idiot from the Council put her or his name to that? Not only do they walk amongst us they are also in positions of decision making. The mind boggles. My heart goes out to Mrs Evans' family and I hope that something practical and safe comes from this that is good for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Alan M
  • Score: 3

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