Death of Bonnyrigg cyclist sparks safety call

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A Bonnyrigg councillor has highlighted the “urgent need” to protect cyclists, following a fatal collision at Roslin Glen.

Ian Baxter spoke out after the death of Stephen Churcher on Friday, August 30.

The 46-year-old, of Broomieknowe Park, Bonnyrigg, was travelling south on the B7003 around 5.30pm when he was involved in a collision with a silver Renault Mégane Scenic car.

On discovering the Mégane down a 20ft embankment, firefighters from Penicuik and Liberton used hydraulic cutting gear and stretchers to rescue a woman and a child from the vehicle.

They were then handed over to the Scottish Ambulance Service for treatment. The road was closed for five hours.

Councillor Baxter (Green) said he was saddened to hear of Dr Churcher’s death: “My deepest sympathy goes out to his friends and family.

“As a cyclist, I’m acutely aware of how vulnerable we are on the roads.

“Cycling is becoming more popular and this, as well as recent similar fatal accidents in Edinburgh involving cyclists, highlights the urgent need to protect the most vulnerable of road users.

“I will be seeking to find out the specific circumstances surrounding this accident and asking what we can do to prevent it happening again.”

Read full story in the September 5 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.