Another serious accident involving two cyclists took place on Wednesday, 28 October 2009, on the A540 beyond Chapel Lane towards Chester not far from the Eureka cafe. A man and a woman, both members of the Birkenhead North End Cycling Club, were knocked off their bikes by a passing van. Allegedly the wing mirror of the van caught the cyclists knocking them off their bikes and resulting in serious injuries to them both.
Speaking about the incident, Chester Cycling Campaign member and CTC Right to Ride Representative Peter Williams commented, “Various safety campaigns regarding the dangers of this stretch of the A540 have been mounted in the past with little success. We need to get all interested parties to campaign on one front, including various cycling clubs, cycle campaign groups, local parish councils and residents societies.”
Since the incident took place, some ‘Think Bike’ signs have been put up. However, the Campaign is calling for a better long term solution. This stretch of road is heavily used by road club members out training, by leisure cyclists exploring the Wirral, and by those visiting the Eureka Cafe. The wide verges on this part of the A540 could easily support a separate cycle lane for increased safety.
Although the costs of such a solution have been cited as a reason for inaction, the highway authorities do need to consider the casualty rate on this stretch of road and act now to protect cyclists.