A ‘ghost bike’ has been placed at the Addenbrooke’s roundabout following the death of a cyclist.
Anna, 22, who worked at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, was hit by a petrol tanker last week (October 7) and sadly died at the scene.
Her family paid tribute, calling her “a truly special individual” and saying her giggles, smile and sarcastic wit would “light up a room”.
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And now a campaign group which calls for better and safer cycling around Cambridge says “no more lives must be lost”.
Today (October 14) Camcycle placed a so-called ghost bike, painted white and featuring Anna’s name and floral tributes, close to the roundabout where Anna died to both mark her death and call for increased safety measures at Cambridge’s junctions.
They invite locals in addition as those who knew Anna to add a white ribbon or floral or written tribute as they pass the ghost bike.
They say in the last few weeks there have also been serious collisions involving cyclists on Gilbert Road in Cambridge, Longstaff Way in Huntingdon and on the A505/A10 roundabout near Royston.
A spokesman for Camcycle said: “This work has never been more urgent. It’s time to ensure no more lives are needlessly cut short, no more families are left experiencing.”
They are calling for further action from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough vision zero partnership, which aspires to see no more people killed or seriously injured as the consequence of a road collision.
The Camcycle spokesman additional: “We call on the vision zero partnership to lay out its plans for all 45 of the current ‘collision cluster sites’. We can’t wait for another fatality or serious injury before acting. We need to make our roads safer now.
“We call on the Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston, who has already declared road safety to be one of his priorities, to make clear how he will eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our county’s roads”.
Camcycle says the Addenbrooke’s roundabout has long been a dangerous link in the walking and cycling network, and both they and local residents have raised concerns before.
They say an immediate review of the roundabout should look into both the short-term safety considerations of roadworks currently in progress in the area, in addition as longer terms plans to make the complete junction safer.
And the group has launched a appeal for the PCC, Cambridge mayor, county council, Greater Cambridge Partnership, and all of the county’s city and district councils to enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
The appeal reads: “Please take rapid action now on dangerous junctions across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
“closest address all locations that have seen recent collisions and remove safety issues for people walking, cycling and using other active travel modes at junctions across the county.
“It’s time to deliver on the vision for zero deaths and serious injuries in our vicinity. It’s time that no more lives were lost or families left experiencing.”
A 27-year-old from Hertford arrested in connection with the crash has been released under investigation.
He had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.
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