ONE MORE cyclist fatality near to Villajoyosa on Monday brings the total deaths to five in just over a month.
Since May 7, five cyclists have died on Valencian roads in three different accidents after collisions with cars.
These tragic events have placed the safety of cyclists firmly at the centre of the political agenda involving all parties.
The most recent accident occurred when a 69-year-old cyclist from Villajoyosa died after colliding with a vehicle on a stretch of the N-332.
The man died at the scene from injuries resulting from a front-side collision with a vehicle, whose driver has since tested negative for alcohol and drugs.
This latest fatality, adds to the deaths of three cyclist hit by a drunk a driver on the same N-332 road further North, close to Oliva in May and a further tragedy last Sunday, involving a driver under the influence of drugs on the N-332 near to Ondara.
Another accident in which a man suffered a traumatic fatal brain injury when he was hit by a haulage lorry in Betera earlier this week, brings the total to five.
Demonstrations by cyclists calling for greater protection and legislation, in the Valencia region’s capital have brought a response from the government who have called an emergency meeting with cyclist groups for this coming Friday.The meeting will also involve opposition parties, who have accused President Ximo Puig of turning deaf ears to the issue of safety.
Cyclist groups are calling for legislation bringing a zero alcohol and drug rule for drivers in Spain, as in many other European countries.