Case Study

Another cyclist seriously injured on A40 Golden Valley Road

Incident date: 
Fri, 26 Aug 2016

A 61 year old cyclist from Ross on Wye sustained what were reported to be potentially life threatening injuries following a collision with a car on the Cheltenham-bound A40 Golden Valley Bypass.

The collision occurred at 7.30am between the Elmbridge Court roundabout and the exit for junction 1 of the M5.

The injured cyclist was taken to Southmead hospital in Bristol. The 21 year old driver of the car was not injured. Gloucester Police are asking for any witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting incident number 72 of August 26.

The A40 Golden Valley road between Cheltenham and Gloucester was the scene of cyclist David O’Connell’s death last year, after an articulated lorry driver hit him from behind on a slip road. Cycling UK reported last November on Gloucester Coroner Katy Skerret’s comments that the driver “would not have expected a cyclists to be on that road”.

David’s case lead to calls for a cycle path to be built between Cheltenham and Gloucester. In July 2016 it was reported that Highways England were consulting on a £3.5 million proposal for such a cycle superhighway, to be built alongside the B4063. The latest collision on 26 August have brought those calls sharply into focus.

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