A MIRFIELD councillor has called for repairs to a rural road where a cyclist was badly hurt.
The man was cycling down steep Mortimer Road to Ewden Bridge off the Strines Road, south of Langsett in South Yorkshire last Friday when he careered into a bridge wall.
The impact hurled him over the wall and 20ft into the shallow river below.
A motorists pulled the unconscious man to safety and he was airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after a rescue which also involved the Hade Edge-based Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.
Clr Martyn Bolt, a keen cyclist who has travelled the same route many times, said he had alerted Sheffield highways department to the state of the road last May when his concerns were backed by national charity The Cycle Defence Fund.
He said: “This is one of the main cycle routes into the Peak District, but it is very steep with a 1 in 4 gradient.
“The terrain is fairly bad anyway, but there is one stretch of road where you can hardly pick your way through the potholes.”