Boy’s life-saving cycle lane appeal

ndet 23-10-12 mc 41 Jack Barker aged 12 with his bike after he has campaigned for cycle lanes near his home after he has been involved in two incidents with drivers.

ndet 23-10-12 mc 41 Jack Barker aged 12 with his bike after he has campaigned for cycle lanes near his home after he has been involved in two incidents with drivers.

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A DETERMINED young cyclist who has twice been involved in collisions with cars has won the backing of a local authority in his campaign to get bike lanes in and around Bolsover.

Jack Barker, 12, of Mill Lane, Bolsover, attended Bolsover District Council’s meeting, last Wednesday, to persuade the council to support his 712 name petition and appeal to Derbyshire County Council to introduce road safety markings for cyclists.

He said: “I’ve been knocked off my bike just metres from my house and the driver didn’t even stop and I have also been knocked off on Oxcroft Lane when I went over the bonnet of a car so I feel something has to be done.”

The Bolsover School pupil initially visited Old Bolsover Town Council and it agreed with police to support his campaign.

Jack’s mum Andrea, 42, said: “There is a hell of a lot of traffic. As a nurse I also see a lot of people coming to hospital with cycling accidents and I think something needs to be done but the county council didn’t seem to want to do anything because they haven’t got the money.”

District Cllr Toni Bennett also raised concerns that reduced school bus services meant children cycling through Shuttlewood to Bolsover and from Creswell are being put at risk.

The district council voted unanimously to support the petition which is being sent to the county council to lobby for cycle lanes. Derbyshire County Council said it is discussing the matter with the district council and it will consider the issues raised with the petition. A spokesman added: “A report will be prepared to be considered at a later date.”