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Another Cyclist Killed on Parvis Road

by willforster on 25 May, 2011

My heartfelt sympathies go out to the friends and family of John Austin who died after a car hit him on Sunday on Parvis Road in between Byfleet and West Byfleet.

Before Christmas, a resident from South Woking and Woking College student Joel Semmens was also killed on that stretch of road.

As I have mentioned before, the speed limit along Parvis Road should have been lowered sometime ago but as a result of budget cuts at Surrey County Council and then due to electrical problems altering the signs – the change will not come into force until 1st June – sadly way too late.


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  1. why do we put up with this? says:

    Another horrid piece of news.

    1000 hours community service, 10 points and an £85 fine !? disgusting!! How do the judges, local government and the police sleep at night?

    I would say that the powers in charge of allegedly protecting all road users are also keen to keep as many motorist on the road, thus generating more revenue, which is when all said and done the most important thing to these people.

    ‘They have been released on bail until 22 July pending further inquiries’

    Where they can drive around equally aggressive as i’m sure they did here, endangering other peoples lives presumably?

    Stricter sentencing and heavier fines for people who are involved in incidents with cyclists. Why do we put up with this?

    Only yesterday as i was riding through a small lane on the outskirts of a village, a 4 wheel vehicle approached me from the opposite direction at speed, i gesticulated with my flat hand to the ground as i do, pushing towards the floor, asking him to slow down. He ignored this gesture, only to slow down as he passed, looking at me as he stuck his two fingers up towards me
    mouthing ‘f*ck off’

    In my experience on the road, this *is* the general reaction of motorists who are male, between the ages of 18 – 50, either drive 4 Wheel drive vehicles,
    ‘hot hatches’, are either in Vans, lorries, buses or trucks. Although very general, i’m sure there are drivers who fit this category who are not as ignorant. Most are completely unaware that cyclists are on 9lb – 30lb pieces of Aluminum/Steel that wouldn’t fair very well if confronted with a 3000lb vehicle.

    Fines need to reflect the crime, so by extending their driving bans, and in some cases banning from driving altogether with a zero tolerance for persistent offenders.

    Why are drivers that have killed or seriously injured cyclists allowed to get in a vehicle less than 6 months later and thus are given carte blanche by UK law, to do the same thing again.

  2. why do we put up with this? says:

    If this isn’t evidence of dangerous driving, not to mention he’s coming up behind of a cyclist, then i don’t know what is.

    I’d recommend retrospective fining


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