Calls for safety measures after Redbourn cyclist’s death

Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood - Credit: Archant

Cycling campaigners have stressed the need for increased safety measures on a notorious road following a crash which claimed the life of a 57-year-old man.

Mark Greenwood, of Redbourn, was killed last Thursday when he was cycling along Redbourn Road at around 6.25pm and collided with a silver VW Golf.

In a moving tribute to her partner, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Susie Ullman said she would remember him as an “extraordinary” man and a role model to her 17-year-old son Jamie.

“He was my guardian angel and I don’t know how I will live without him,” she said.

Following the tragedy, St Albans Cycle Campaign (STACC) has reiterated calls for improved cycling conditions on Redbourn Road, which has been the scene of other traffic accidents in the past.

They have also reminded cyclists to use lights and wear reflective clothing at night, and urged drivers to leave plenty of room when overtaking cyclists.

Committee member Mike Hartley said: “We have supported local councillors’ efforts to reduce the speed limit on the road.

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“We have also submitted a request to the county council for conversion of the footway along Redbourn Road into a shared pedestrian and cycle route and are awaiting their response.

“We want to see something done as soon as possible to avoid more nasty things happening and to encourage cycling.”

Mark was born in Leeds and grew up in the Channel Islands and had lived in Redbourn for the past 10 years.

He worked for Abbeyfield Society, a charity that provides housing, support and care for people at different stages of later life, and had recently been awarded the National Chief Executive Award for the employee who made the most significant contribution to the organisation.

Ms Ullman said: “The award was the first of its kind and Mark was personally selected by the chief executive to receive it. He was given an ovation when he received it.

“He wanted to make things better for people and that’s what he did. He was a man of beauty and only thought the best in people.”

She continued: “Mark was my life partner and heart friend. We’d known each other for 38 years and he was like a father to Jamie.

She added: “We’re left with the memory of him. He’s left behind something that no-one else will fill. He looked after me. There’s no one bad memory of this beautiful man. He’s irreplaceable.”

Herts Police have appealed to anyone who has any information about last Thursday’s incident to contact them on the non-emergency 101 number.

A 24-year-old man from St Albans has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail until April 7.

Mark’s funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church in Redbourn at 2pm on Tuesday, January 21.