Glasgow intersection where cyclist was killed was ‘an accident waiting to happen’

Glasgow intersection where cyclist was killed was ‘an accident waiting to happen’

Rosemary Burke and John Newman have spoken out after the sentencing of Paul Mowat – who admitted causing the death of Emma Burke Newman by careless driving.

We previously told how Emma, ​​22, was taken to hospital after the crash at 10am on January 27, 2023, at the junction of Bromelaw and King George V Bridge, but sadly died about an hour later.

Glasgow Times: Emma and her mother RoseEmma and her mother Rose (Photo: attached)“When I first saw the intersection, I thought this was an accident waiting to happen,” Rose said.

“This was bound to happen, and in fact, I think GoBike, as early as 2019, made it clear to Glasgow City Council how dangerous this intersection was, and nothing was done.

“We are working with the council and are pleased that perhaps by this time next year, there will be a safer intersection with a dedicated cycle path.”

Rose said she noticed problems with the city’s active travel infrastructure, but also noted progress — including the intersection at Bar Clutha, which has become safer.

In court on Thursday, Mowat was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for a year.

“There’s no closure,” Rose said.

“I will live with this for the rest of my life and have to learn how to deal with it.

“It’s just that all the worry and worry about criminal proceedings will go away.”

John added: “There are still civic avenues to follow, and then there will be political avenues to follow to support better cycling infrastructure and raise awareness, so this was just the first of many.

“The criminal phase is over. But it’s not over yet. There’s a lot to do. And we feel we have to do it.”

Glasgow Times: Emma with her mum and dadEmma with her mother and father (Photo: attached)At the sentencing hearing, Gareth Reid, Mowat’s lawyer, revealed that his client, who was described as a hard-working man, had been “haunted by the incident” ever since.

He told the court that Mowat, 69, held Emma’s hand and confirmed that help was on the way in the moments following the accident.

“This brings some relief,” Rose said. I was touched that he held my daughter’s hand and talked to her. That was the first time I heard this.

“But nothing can bring our daughter back. It was terrible. It turns your life upside down.”

“Our lives have become much smaller, less bright, less joyful and, frankly, more stressful,” John added.

Rose and John urge drivers to pay special attention to vulnerable road users, including “standing behind” bike boxes, allowing cyclists to pass safely and giving them space.

“The driver took Emma’s safe space and caused a fatal accident,” Rose said.

“We want the roads to be safer. Not just for cyclists, but for drivers as well. No driver wants to be on that sidewalk.”

“We would encourage people, if they are interested in safer roads, to join their local cycling club, Cycling UK or GoBike.

“Emma lived in Shawlands and there is a Shawlands Cycle Bus, so we hope to join them one day.

“We want people to ride bikes because there is safety in numbers, and the more people there, the safer it is. It’s such a virtuous cycle and that’s our vision; that’s what we hope for.”

Glasgow Times: Emma is working on a project with her work New Practice in 2022.Emma is working on a project with her work New Practice in 2022. (Photo: attached)Originally from France, Emma was an experienced cyclist and had only lived in Glasgow for four months.

She was an architecture student at Glasgow School of Art.

Her devastated parents say she is remembered for her smile, hugs and passion for life.

A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the conviction and sentence of the driver in this tragic case.

“Following investigation, police have indicated to us that there are no road issues at the intersection that require addressing by the council.

“However, as part of wider work to enhance active travel infrastructure along Broomelau, we are currently working to improve the interchange at the King George V Bridge.

“These proposed improvements will include separate lanes for cycling and a dedicated stage at traffic lights for active travel and the work is scheduled to be completed later this year.”

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