Residents call for review of ‘dangerous’ Elm Grove junction where crash left cyclist fighting for his life
People living near the site of a crash which critically injured a cyclist – who ten days later is still seriously ill in hospital – have called for a review of the junction where it happened.
A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and drug driving, and released on police bail until 7 September while enquiries continue.
The 27-year-old Brighton man who was hit by the pick-up truck is still in hospital in a serious condition, police said.
The crash happened at the junction of Elm Grove and Lewes Road on Saturday, July 9. A petition was launched last Wednesday by Hanover resident and campaigner Dani Ahrens, and has now been signed by more than 100 people.
She said: “The current junction at the bottom of Elm Grove is dangerous for people cycling, as tragically shown by the collision on Saturday 9th July, which resulted in a cyclist being seriously injured by a lorry turning left across his path.
The junction is also slow and difficult to use for people on foot. The multi-stage pedestrian crossings and railings obstruct the natural flow of people walking across the junction. People often avoid the crossings and cross at more convenient places.
The review should include a wide range of options for improving the junction, with the aim of making it safer and more convenient for people using healthy and non-polluting forms of transport.”
Among the suggestions put forward to do this are green lights for cycling only, removing railings, resiting pedestrian crossings and off-road cycle lanes connected to the Level.
However, ward councillor Emma Daniel said before any review was started, the circumstances of the accident should be investigated.
She said: “It’s important we find out what the circumstances were for this terrible accident before calling for any changes. We need to be campaigning from a position of greater knowledge.
“If the design of the junction was found to be a factor then I will support the campaign. It’s a tribute to our residents that they are so passionate about safe travel.”