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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Barriers erected where teen cyclist was killed in Carlisle

Bollards are going up at the site where a teenage cyclist died after riding from a footpath and crashing into a car.

They will be built in the wake of a coroner’s concerns over the death of Matthew Hamilton in Carlisle.

David Roberts, the north and west Cumbria coroner, said at the 15-year-old’s inquest that he could still be alive if there had been a barrier at the end of the footpath.

Matthew died on September 2 last year after cycling from a cut that runs between Harraby and Brunel Way on the Durranhill Industrial Estate before crashing into a car.

Cumbria County Council said a plan had been drawn up to put in bollards in response to the coroner’s concerns.

A council spokesman said: “It is expected to be three bollards at the Brunel Way end of the path.

“It will be designed to stop cyclists being able to cycle straight out. We hope to have them in place early in the new year.”

Signs have previously been put up warning cyclists not to ride along the cut.

The inquest in August was told how Matthew slammed his brakes on but hurtled over the handlebars of his bike.

Inquiries showed the driver was “well within” the 30mph limit – and it would have been impossible for him to brake in time, even if he had seen the young cyclist. The path is between a metal fence that has gaps to look through but had shrubs growing next to it at the time. Cyclists are not permitted by law to ride on the path but Mr Roberts said at the inquest: “We all know people do that.”

He added: “Had there been some barrier at the end it might have meant this young man would have had to slow down and not emerge at such a speed that when he braked he was thrown from his bicycle.”

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