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Cyclist seriously injured in crash on A40 Golden Valley bypass

By laura_enfield  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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Police have closed one lane of the Golden Valley bypass after a crash between a car and a cyclist.
The rider has serious but not life threatening injuries and is being treated at the scene by ambulance crew.
The driver of the Alfa Romeo is from Worcester and is thought to be uninjured.
Speaking at 7.40am police said they had closed one lane of the Gloucester bound M5 sliproad and it would reopen in about an hour.
They warned motorists to expect delays.

Update at 9.50am: The cyclist, a man from Gloucester has been taken to Gloucester Royal Hospital in a stable condition. The driver from Droitwich has been taken to the same hospital but his injuries are not known. The road was still closed while a recovery vehicle cleared the car from the scene. Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash. Call 101 quoting incident 59 of October 9.

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  • safeandnice  |  October 10 2012, 9:08AM

    Of course cyclists are allowed to use dual carriageways. you can get a good tow effect from passing vehicles too. Slip type junctions are the problem as drivers travel up them expecting to merge with other traffic at about 50mph and can fail to see a cyclist. If there were more cyclists on dual carriageways motorists would get used to them. Yes there were cyclist crossing points put in at the junction but theyre not mandatory and its easier not to use them. Was this the type of accident that occurred?

  • windy_pants  |  October 09 2012, 7:52PM

    I stand corrected, there are no longer signs at the Cheltenham end (according to google maps). I am 99% positive there used to be.

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  • zalapompadoo  |  October 09 2012, 6:29PM

    to say serve him right is cruel and nasty i hope the guy is makes a swift recovery wherever he was off to he did not deserve to have a accident poor guy, as for the sad person who said these nasty comments grow up love FAST what goes around comes around.

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  • halfdome1  |  October 09 2012, 4:18PM

    Im pretty sure that you are allowed to cycle along the A40. I have done myself (but never on a weekday morning). At the exit and entry roads of the M5 roundabout/flyover (where I beleive this happened) which is the most dangerous bit of a dual carriageway for cyclists, there are short cycle routes the minimise the distance a cyclist has to travel while crossing these sections. THey are VERY overgrown/unmaintained (which one would expect really)

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  • traceymp  |  October 09 2012, 2:16PM

    the cyclist is a member of my family and how dare people say things like serve him right,i hope that a member of their family isnt inured in an accident as they obviously arent very sympathetic.thank you ladygray for your comment

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  • Spud0  |  October 09 2012, 1:43PM

    There is one safer routes I know off between Cheltenham and Gloucester than the A40 Golden Valley By-pass, The Old Gloucester Road B4634 or the Shurdington Road A46, it's very poorly sign posted, very poorly lit at night and parts of the route is rough and muddy, probably why it's not much used, but saferthan dicing with the motorists, it goes through Staverton Airport (Gloucestershire Airport) via Churchdown Parish Council buildings to Parton Rd then you can pick up the cycle path on the Cheltenham Road to Gloucester, the last part of the route between Longleven and the City Centre is just the gutter painted pink but better than nothing. If anyone else knows a better route for cyclists please post up the details. Hope both parties to the accident gets well soon! If Gloucestershire Highways are reading this, shame on you!

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  • zalapompadoo  |  October 09 2012, 11:45AM

    saw it on the way to work poor guy hope he is ok pretty dark this morning things happen

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  • ladygray  |  October 09 2012, 10:46AM

    Someone is seriously injured and kessandkwai says serves the stupid sod right, how disgusting are you, this is someones family member, you nasty horrible commenter.

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  • geraint2010  |  October 09 2012, 10:35AM

    Perhaps someone from TIG could do a little investigative journalism for a change and check whether or not cyclists are allowed to use the Golden Valley? I seem to remember they used to be banned (following a spate of fatal accidents some years back) but a quick Street Map search failed to detect any road signs to this effect, although I might have missed them. For my part - I cannot understand why any cyclist would want to use this road, with there being several safer alternative routes - not to mention methods of committing suicide that do not involve others.

  • Takeaway22  |  October 09 2012, 10:26AM

    kessandkwai - Thank you for your constructive, well balanced view. You are correct, SOME cyclists do not take notice of traffic lights ,stop signs ,give ways and white lines. Can you confirm that ALL motorist do? Apart from you view on cyclists not abiding by the rules of the road (which I believe applies to some motorists too), can you state why you are very anti cyclists?

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