Young cyclist’s safe lanes plea

sp90194 Bolsover Cycle Safety Campaign. Andrea and Jack Barker.
sp90194 Bolsover Cycle Safety Campaign. Andrea and Jack Barker.

A YOUNG biker who claims he has suffered several near misses with traffic in Bolsover is appealing to county council highway bosses to introduce cycle lanes.

Jack Barker (11), of Mill Lane, Bolsover, raised concerns with Old Bolsover Town Council and Bolsover Safer Neighbourhood Team police PCSO Nicola Greenfield who are backing his campaign appeal to Derbyshire County Council.

The youngster’s mum Andrea said: “The traffic coming through Bolsover is atrocious and without safe lanes for cyclists a lorry could suck them under its wheels.”

Jack told how he has had his wheels clipped by passing cars at Oxcroft Lane and at the junction with Mill Lane and Limekiln Fields where he was knocked into a wall.

Mrs Barker added: “Mill Lane is like a rat run with cars and HGVs and after one incident Jack was left badly shaken and bruised.

“Jack rides sensibly and has done his cycling proficiency test and would like to go to school on his bike but I’m so worried I’m thinking about having to drive behind him.”

The Brockley Primary pupil explained his concerns during a public Old Bolsover Town Council meeting, and the authority agreed to contact the county council which oversees highway safety with police.

Acting town council clerk Malcolm Plumb said: “The town council will be asking the county council to provide cycle paths at crucial locations and we will be asking for support from the police.”

A spokesman for the county council, which runs Smart Rider school courses, said: “Many roads are unsuitable for cycle lanes. We’re not aware of problems in this area but if there are concerns we’d be happy to investigate.”