‘Ghost bikes’ highlight dangers for cyclists on Norfolk roads 

A Norwich cycling campaigner said that the Norfolk County Council is not doing enough to keep cyclists safe.

Last week the Norwich Cycling Committee painted six bikes white and placed them outside the County Council offices with each ‘ghost bike’ representing the six cyclists that have died on local roads this year.

The number of people who have lost their lives this year compared to last year has risen from four to six.

Photo – Peter Silburn

Peter Silburn, head of the Norwich Cycling Committee, said “The bikes provided a very powerful message which really resonated with the public.” 

“Cycling is just such a wonderful thing to do and it is a fantastic way to get across a city.” 

He said that the council needs to do more to keep cyclists safe: “Although the council is doing some things, they need to do a lot more.”

“When you look at countries and cities that are cycle friendly, you need to have a network of cycle routes not a hundred yards here and a hundred yards there.” 

Graham Plant, Norfolk’s County Council’s cabinet member for highways, transport and infrastructure said, “The safety of road users will always be our priority and we have worked hard to improve the experience for cyclists across the city.” 

“We will shortly be launching our walking, wheeling and cycling strategy for public consultation.” 

Leave a Reply