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by Mark Zalewski
July 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Teuns wins Tour de Wallonie as BMC takes third stage win; Q&A with Jonathan Vaughters: Cannondale-Drapac ‘pulled off something incredible’ at Tour de France; Katusha-Alpecin extends with Kochetkov, Belkov; Cretti’s condition slowly improves following crash; Sky set to sign Baby Giro winner Sivakov; Movistar announces Vuelta shortlist; Canberra plans to celebrate Matthews’ green jersey victory; Petition circulating to ban cyclists from highways following cyclist death; Sagan shaves head; British man taking elderly for bike rides; Froome helps fan propose marriage; Video: The Ride; Video: La Thuile Superenduro.
An online petition was recently launched on the Buckinghamshire County Council’s website calling for a ban to cyclists riding on dual carriageways after a 91-year-old cyclist was struck and killed last week as he took part in a time trial near Ayslesbury.
“We the undersigned petition the council to Ban cyclists from the high speed dual carriageways county wide,” the petition reads. “With the sad death of a cyclist taking part in a time trial on the A41 this week it is time the local transport agency did something about the very unsafe practice of cycling on dual carriageways. Cyclists are banned from motorways and many of the counties dual carriageways have the same speed limit of 70mph however there is no hard shoulder so it is in effect more dangerous than a motorway for them.”
Similar petitions have been created in the past following cyclist deaths, but have fallen far short of the minimums required to force government action.
“I think unfortunately cyclists bring it on themselves,” Conservative MP for Burton Andrew Griffiths told Road.cc in support of the petition. “Many time trials aren’t well run and aren’t signposted. Safety measures aren’t in place and unless cyclists start taking it more seriously these calls for cyclists to be banned will only continue.”
“It would be a shame for cyclists but they desperately need to do something to protect themselves from other road users.”
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