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Cycle accident on Carpley Green Road, Bainbridge

27th April 2014

Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales

North Yorkshire Police report that there was a serious accident on Saturday 5th April 2014, in which a cyclist collided with a car on Carpley Green Road, near Bainbridge, in the Yorkshire Dales.

The accident was close to, but not on the route of Stage 1 of the Tour de France. There was another collision involving a cyclist on the same weekend. The police expect the Tour to attract large numbers of cyclists to North Yorkshire's roads this summer, and they are keen to raise awareness of the potential dangers of small country roads in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Traffic Seargent John Lumbard said, 'Unfortunately, a cyclist was badly injured in the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend and with the roads likely to get busier and busier with cyclists over the next few months it is important that we try to prevent any further casualties.'

'The narrow country roads and steep hills in the Dales can be very challenging, even to experienced riders, and it is vital that cyclists are aware of this before they visit North Yorkshire. It is not uncommon for long straights to be followed by tight bends or T-junctions and it is imperative that cyclists have the skills and knowledge to negotiate these obstacles. Please ride within your limits and don't ride beyond your capabilities.'

'Bike maintenance is also an important consideration and well maintained brakes are vital if you need to stop suddenly when going down a steep hill at speed. Wearing a helmet could save your life, so please wear one and ensure you carry enough kit to help you deal with any change in weather conditions.'

Police officers have been distributing cycle safety leaflets and posters around bike centres and cafe stops in the Dales.

Meanwhile, as we reported recently, following disappointing road casualty figures for 2013, North Yorkshire County Council has launched a Think! Bike cycle safety campaign. An app has recently been released, to help people ride the Tour de France routes in Yorkshire safely. Cycle Yorkshire: Ride the Yorkshire Routes was produced on behalf of Safer Roads Yorkshire & Humber, with videos made by York City Council.