Memorial bike to remember dad killed in crash

Cyclist Andrew Wilsea.
Cyclist Andrew Wilsea.

Cyclists took part in an event to remember a father-of-six who was killed in a crash while riding home from work last month.

Andrew Wilsea, 41, from Hunslet, was fatally injured in a collision with a Rover 45 on the A62 Gelderd Road at Gildersome, just after 6.30pm on August 18.

Leeds Cycling Campaign organised a remembrance ride from Leeds city centre to the spot on Gelderd Road where the crash happened.

Members of the group, which campaigns to make Leeds a better place for cycling, were due to place a white ‘ghost bike’ at the scene as a roadside memorial to Mr Wilsea.

Cyclists gathered in City Square at 5.30pm on Friday to listen to short speeches from the Leeds Cycling Campaign ahead of the remembrance ride.

Grace Gartside, Mr Wilsea’s partner of 15-years, said: “I think it is a good idea to raise awareness of the fact that these things do happen and are forgotten about too quickly.

“I am showing my support for what they are doing.”

Martin Stanley chairman of the Leeds Cycling Campaign, which lobbies and works with Leeds City Council to improve cycling provision in the city, said: “Unfortunately on our roads at the moment death and serious injury is almost accepted.

“It happens, appears in the newspapers and nothing really happens.”

A 29-year-old arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving is on bail.