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Police to introduce traffic calming at Croydon biker spot where motorcyclist Carl Simpson died

Police to introduce traffic calming at Croydon biker spot where motorcyclist Carl Simpson died
Jul 13, 2016 Shaking Hands 0 comments
This post was first published on The Croydon Advertiser on 13/07/2016

Police to introduce traffic calming at Croydon biker spot where motorcyclist Carl Simpson died

Police will introduce traffic calming measures to a known meeting place for bikers in Croydon after the death of a motorcyclist there at the weekend.

A 27-year-old man named locally as Carl Simpson died after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a second bike in Imperial Way just before 5pm on Sunday.

Andy Tarrant, borough commander for Croydon Metropolitan Police Service, said officers are aware of “antisocial behaviour by motorists and people riding motorbikes” in the street which has resulted in a number of collisions.

An Imperial Way resident, who only gave her name as Kim, said bikers have gathered in Imperial Way every Sunday for a couple of years to ride around and perform stunts.

“Every Sunday they are here. They come down and speed up and down the road on quad bikes and motorbikes. They come early in the morning and stay all day,” Kim, who has lived in the street for 11 years, said.

“Some of them wear masks and they do wheelies and speed up and down. It was an accident waiting to happen, there has been a crash here before.”

A police spokesman said enquiries into whether or not Mr Simpson was performing a wheelie at the time of the crash are ongoing.

“This behaviour has previously resulted in a number of collisions, and investigations are currently ongoing to establish what caused the fatal collision last Sunday,” Chief Supt Tarrant said, in a statement.

“We have carried out several operations to disrupt this behaviour and my officers will continue to work with colleagues from the Roads and Transport Policing Command and the council to put traffic-calming measures in place to prevent these events from happening.”

The Advertiser has asked what these traffic-calming measure will be and is awaiting a response.

BikeLife TV, a group which publishes footage of motorbike stunts from across the world, has called on riders to follow a new set of rules when performing stunts following Mr Simpson’s death.

In April police issued an appeal for information after a crash between two bikes in Imperial Way left a 21-year-old man with serious head injuries.

The Advertiser has asked the council how it is working with the police and is awaiting a response.

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