Cyclist's death leads to calls for action
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 12.00am
Death of Mel Vasey prompts calls for safer roads and plans for a memorial ride
Mel Vasey, a stalwart of the Birkenhead North End cycling club and co-owner of the Quinn Brothers cycle shop, was killed on the 14th January on his way to a Sunday morning club run. His death near the popular cyclists' meeting point, the Eureka Cafe, on the A540 Chester High Road, has prompted new calls from cyclists for something to be done to make Britain’s roads safer for those on two wheels.
The 53 year-old Vasey was out on a ride with other members of the club when he and two other riders were hit by a car. He died at the scene, while of the two other cyclists, Dave Parry suffered minor injuries and Danny McDonagh suffered a number of broken bones.
The driver has since been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
News of Mr Vasey’s death was greeted with shock by the cycling community and has led to debate about what can and should be done to make the roads safer for cyclists. Among those suggestions put forward are a memorial ride and a concerted letter writing campaign to MPs. For more on both
Mr Vasey’s funeral is being held today [23rd January]. His death occurred just a year and a week after the Abergele tragedy in which four cyclists lost their lives.
This latest tragedy reached Britain's national press on Saturday, with an article in the Independent .
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