A CONCERNED Uttoxeter resident who was witness to a horrifying crash between a cyclist and a HGV has launched a petition to get time trial cyclists off the A50.
Amanda Brooks, of Drovers Close, is lobbying the Department for Transport in a bid to stop cyclists using the A50 for competition races and is urging the people of Uttoxeter to get behind her.
Ms Brooks is warning cyclists not to be complacent of the risks of riding on fast roads, after she was witness to a fatal collision on the A50.
She said: “Two years ago I witnessed a cyclist get struck by a HGV. As a witness, the police kept me informed and the cyclist died leaving behind his wife and children.
“The driver was given a driving ban losing his livelihood.
“I’m in no position to judge who was at fault in that incident and I’m certainly not out to persecute cyclists as I cycle myself.
“Each year that the cycle competition is on the A50 it brings back those memories and it’s terrifying watching traffic try to overtake cyclists in front of me when both lanes are busy.
“Cars get too close, not because the want to but because other traffic prevents safe overtaking.
“We have nearly 20 signatures since starting the petition yesterday but need many more.
“Cyclists are taking it personally but I’m only trying to prevent future fatalities. Closing a lane while trials are happening is another option.”
Olda Novak of the Uttoxeter Cycling Club said: “Cyclists on the A50 obey the law and take necessary precautions and though I can understand drivers frustrations, I belive careful driving could solve the problems.”
Those who wish to sign should go to: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66776