Family warn of dangers on roads after near miss

Leonie and Daniel Barber, pictured with their four-month-old daughter, have warned of the dangers of cars overtaking cyclists on Westley Road near Bury St Edmunds
Leonie and Daniel Barber, pictured with their four-month-old daughter, have warned of the dangers of cars overtaking cyclists on Westley Road near Bury St Edmunds
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A family from Chevington have warned of the dangers of overtaking cars on a road near Bury St Edmunds following a near head-on collision.

Leonie Barber was driving along Westley Road on Friday with her four-month-old daughter when two cars swerved into her lane to overtake a group of young cyclists.

She was forced to leave the road and mount a steep embankment.

“This is the third time I have either had to stop or speed up to avoid someone on that road,” she said.

“One car overtook the cyclists and I missed them by a gnat’s hair, then another car followed him. I had to drive on to the bank.

“It is a dangerous situation that just keeps happening.

“With more cyclists out and about in the sunny weather it seems to be happening more and more. Drivers need more awareness going down that road, they just treat it like a racetrack.”

Leonie’s husband Daniel has also had a near misses in the last few months along the road, a route 51 cycle route.

He said: “Motorists need to be more aware of cyclists on that road.

“It seems people just chance it and overtake without looking.”

A police spokeswoman said motorists should be aware of there being more cyclists on the roads during the summer.

She said: “Cyclists need to be mindful of other vehicles in the area and pull in where they can to let traffic pass through.

“Motorists need to lower speeds and be conscious there may be cyclists around the corner. If you are driving down a quiet country lane be aware of the environment and that there are more cyclists on the roads.”