Call for safety measures after horror crash
RESIDENTS living along a busy street in Cheltenham have called for more safety measures on the road after a cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash metres from their homes.
It comes in response to the Echo's RIP479 campaign to increase road safety and awareness across the county.
The campaign's launch came after the deaths of three people on Gloucestershire roads in the space of two nights.
Two weeks on, inspectors are now investigating how a 37-year-old female cyclist was left in a critical condition in hospital after a collision with a white van in London Road on Friday night.
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Pete Rowan, 52, who lives opposite the crash scene, described the aftermath.
He said: "I was in the front room when I heard the smash.
"I assumed two cars had collided and that the woman in the street had been in the vehicle.
"It was very confusing because some people were saying that she was a cyclist and I said that couldn't have been right because there was not a bike.
"She must have been carried a long way because the bike was still down by the traffic lights.
"She was in a bad way. I hope she survives."
Calls have now been made to introduce further road safety measures to prevent more incidents.
Tiffany Sanya, who also lives close to where the incident happened, said: "The incident looked pretty bad. Paramedics were in the street and they were trying to resuscitate the woman on the floor.
"I think they need to introduce more safety measures to stop this kind of thing happening."
In response, the head of Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership, Maria Boon, said: "Our thoughts are obviously with the cyclist involved and her family at this difficult time.
"We will, of course, support the police with their investigation in any way we can."
But Mr Rowan, who said the latest crash is a "shock" has called for a cycle path to be introduced to the road.
He added: "This is a very busy road and, when there's a lot of traffic, cyclists tend to mount the pavement.
"That is a hazard in itself because they cycle past our front garden.
"We sometimes have to be careful with our children. One time a cyclist missed my son by the skin of his teeth on the pathway.
"In an ideal world there would be a cycle pathway along these roads but that would also cause a issue with parking, which is already a problem."
It has been a bleak few weeks on the county's roads.
Michal Sobolak, 31, who came from Cheltenham, was killed in a crash on Bath Road at 9.40pm on Friday, September 13. Pete Gentil, 52, from Cirencester, was on the B4425 at Ampney Coln, near Bibury, when he was killed in a collision with a deer on Saturday, September 14.
And Katie Clutterbuck, 19, of Longlevens, was fatally injured after a collision with a taxi outside the Moon Under Water pub, in Bath Road, at 12.40am on Sunday, September 15.