Last Monday a cyclist was killed by a lorry on the Pershore Road. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Suzanna Bull, a 32 year old doctor at the Children’s Hospital.
Our shop is on the Pershore Road, several of us live on the Pershore Road and many of us cycle along the Pershore Road every day. This is very close to home.
We want to ensure action is taken to stop this ever happening again.
Last night cyclists and others from Birmingham and surrounding areas met at the University of Birmingham Clock Tower, and proceeded a slow ride en masse, passing the location of the Suzanna’s death – Pershore Road/Edgbaston Road junction – where a candlelit vigil was held. The vigil was in remembrance of Suzanna, the cyclists killed on our roads in recent years and acted as a wake up call / protest to raise awareness of the poor conditions offered to people who want to cycle around Birmingham.
“The junction where the incident took place has been highlighted on many occasions as potentially deadly for both cyclists and pedestrians yet nothing gets done to change it.”
A petition calling for the protection of Birmingham’s cyclists is gaining traction – addressed to Birmingham City Council and the recently formed Transport for West Midlands. The leaders of these organisations Cllr Ian Ward, the WM Mayor Andy Street need to be reminded of the lack of progress their organisations are making toward improving provision for the needs of the most simple and basic transport user groups and the need for positive action now.
A report from 2 years ago showed that 4 Cyclists are injured on Birmingham’s roads on average EVERY day. The Pershore Road was highlighted as having one of the top 3 most dangerous junctions.
PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE PETITION it means a lot to us.
Wording adapted from the vigil event on facebook.