Accident prompts renewed calls for cycle lane signs

MEDICS The cyclist is treated at the scene in Hilsea
MEDICS The cyclist is treated at the scene in Hilsea

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CYCLISTS today called for extra warning signs to be put up on a stretch of road where a woman rider was badly injured.

She was in collision with the tractor unit of an articulated lorry driven by a 50-year-old Waterlooville man. Police said no action is being taken against him.

Her BMX-style bike was crushed beneath the wheels of the Renault unit in the accident in London Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, shortly after 7.30am.

But the 31-year-old woman from Portsmouth, who was wearing a safety helmet, was thrown clear and taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Police said she was admitted with non life-threatening leg injuries and kept in last night for observation.

The incident happened on the northbound carriageway at the junction with Northern Parade, opposite The News Centre. It is at the point where a pink-surfaced bus and cycle lane runs out to allow traffic turning left into Northern Parade to cut across the inside lane.

But today a member of the Portsmouth Cycle Forum called for extra signs to be put up close to the junction warning drivers that cyclists as well as buses use that lane.

Mike Dobson said: ‘There are no signs anywhere near the junction. Drivers wanting to turn left think only buses use that lane, not cyclists too.’

The last indication before the junction that the bus lane also doubles as a cycle lane, is outside the City of Portsmouth Boys’ School – 300 yards away.

A blue rectangular sign on the pavement shows that the pink lane can be used by buses and cyclists. On the road it says ‘bus and cycle lane’.

The words ‘bus lane’ appear on the carriageway 150 yards further north in London Road at its junction with Northwood Road. But there is nothing else to say that it is still a cycle lane.

Mr Dobson said: ‘When you get past Northwood Road there are no more blue signs and nothing painted on the road.

‘I was riding past and saw the aftermath of the accident and I told the police that the cycle forum has been asking Portsmouth City Council to do something about the lack of signs for the past five years.’

Jayne Rodgers, the council’s sustainable transport officer, said: ‘We’re extremely sad to hear about this accident and await the outcome of the police investigation to find out the circumstances. Once full details are known we’ll be in a position to determine the next steps in conjunction with Hampshire Constabulary.’

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact PC Julia Shaw at Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 0845 045 4545 or 101.