A poignant white bike has appeared on a roadside where cycling champion John Radford was struck by a car and left badly injured.

Mr Radford, 70, of Meltham, suffered severe brain damage and never recovered. He died at home last week surrounded by his family.

Today a sprayed bike was placed in Huddersfield Road, New Mill, near to where Mr Radford was knocked off his bike in July last year.

It is not known who left the bike at the roadside but family friend Clr Martyn Bolt said: “It’s a moving tribute and someone has obviously felt very strongly about what happened.

John Radford
John Radford
 

“John devoted his life to cycling and road safety in general.”

Father-of-two Mr Radford clashed with a driver while out riding and struck his head when he came off his bike.

He was treated at Leeds General Infirmary and later transferred to a rehabilitation Centre in York. When his condition deteriorated and returned home and died with wife Pat and daughters Emma and Helen by his side.

An inquest was opened and adjourned at Bradford this week and a funeral and thanksgiving service will be held at Christ Church, Helme, on Wednesday at noon.

Driver Michael Gledhill, 23, of Bramble Walk, Holmfirth, was convicted of causing injury to Mr Radford by dangerous driving after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

He had denied the charge but flakes of paint from the bumper of his Vauxhall Corsa were found on a spoke cap on Mr Radford’s bike.

Gledhill had been due to be sentenced on November 25 – on what would have been Mr Radford’s 71st birthday – but West Yorkshire Police’s assistant chief constable Mark Milsom has asked prosecutors to review the case in the light of Mr Radford’s death.

The CPS could refer the case to the Attorney General to consider further proceedings.

White bikes – known as ‘ghost bikes’ – have appeared around the country in memory of cyclists killed on the roads.

Clr Bolt said: “I hope this bike will make all road users think about John’s life and how we can all be more patient on the roads.”

Mr Radford was a former chairman of cycling charity Huddersfield CTC and members plan to meet in Huddersfield and ride to his funeral.

Mourners have been invited to wear cycling jerseys – and a smile – at the service.

In a statement on social media, Mr Radford’s daughter Emma said: “We would like to thank you all for the kind words you have written about our amazing dad.

“The service will be a celebration of dad’s life, and we want lots of smiles!

 

“Cycling was my dad’s life and I am sure he would appreciate an array of cycling jerseys in the church. Some of you may want to arrive by bike which we also welcome!”

Emma asked for family flowers only at the funeral but there will be a collection for the church and Huddersfield cycling charity Streetbikes CIC.