Toby Bridgeman (a cyclist from Bristol) has filed a petition demanding for improvements on the Meads Reach Bridge which has a slippery metal surface along with small holes. Due to the surface and holes on the bridge, several cyclists have been seriously injured requiring treatment and cure for whiplash, dental evaluation and stitches. The bridge becomes dangerous especially when its surface is wet.
The petition was launched on the 17th of October, 2014 and over 300 people have shown their support to the petition. The main purpose of the petition is to ensure that the Bristol City Council forces GVA Facilities Management (the management company which owns the bridge) to enhance the surface of the bridge so that the Bristol cyclists can safely ride on the bridge.
Meads Reach Bridge is actually nicknamed as Cheese Grater Bridge and links the Temple Quay central area and the Bristol Temple Meads station. The Sustrans National Cycle Network includes the Meads Reach Bridge. The architect who has designed this bridge is Niall McLaughlin. This bridge was built in the year 2008 and around 2.4 millions were spent to construct it.
Bridgeman has filed this petition to stop the accidents and injuries that take place on the bridge. He wants to force the authorities to add an extra non-slippery surface on the bridge so that future accidents can be avoided.
He had himself suffered through a nasty accident in the month of January last year and had injured his knees. He has even witnessed other cyclists getting hurt on the bridge even if they ride slowly.
A GVA Facilities Management’s spokesman has informed the media that safety of the cyclists on the Meads Reach Bridge is of top priority to the company. Therefore the company is already exploring and looking for ways in which the bridge’s surface can be improved appropriately.