Saturday, 19 September 2009

‘Cycling safety in Abingdon is horrendous.’

FEARS about safety on Abingdon’s roads have been heightened after a teenage cyclist was seriously injured in the first week of the new school term. A 14-year-old Fitzharrys School boy suffered a broken leg in an accident with a car in Dunmore Road at 5pmlast Wednesday.

The accident sparked renewed calls for safety improvements to routes used by children on their way to and from school. Town schools had already mounted a campaign following the deaths of two Larkmead School pupil cyclists during the past year.

Mandy Wooloff, 43, of Drayton Road, Abingdon, who has two daughters at Fitzharrys School. said: “Cycling safety in Abingdon is horrendous. I’ve seen many near misses involving cyclists.” Amanda Devitt, 33, of Milton, who has a daughter at the school said: “I would love for my daughter to be able to cycle to school, but there’s no way I would let her.”