Shortly before 12.45pm on Wednesday, 2 December, emergency services were called to Broadway at its junction with Kings Road in Higher Bebington following reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian.
The pedestrian was 77-year-old Edward ‘Ted’ Bevan. He was taken to hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead a short time later. Ted’s family issued a statement later that day: “Today is a very sad and devastating day for our family. Our dad set off to walk into town and never came back. He was a real family man. A loving husband, dad, and grandad and will be very sorely missed.”, they said.
Edward Lamb has lived in Bebington pretty much all of his life. He’s recently become involved in road safety campaigning, “My eyes were opened once I started riding my lads to school in Brackenwood”, he said after witnessing first-hand the perils of cycling on busy roads approaching schools.
Mr Lamb has started a petition on behalf of Ted Bevan’s family, with the hope of improving safety at the busy Broadway roundabout junction.
“I’ve walked, cycled and driven these streets for years. Road safety, or the lack of it, is a huge barrier to change.”, he continued. Edward Lamb, along with Tanya Leary and Ewan Wilkinson, set up ‘Rethink Now‘ CIC in 2018 to help raise awareness of road safety and traffic pollution.
“The death of Ted was not an accident. It was completely inevitable based on the design of the junction.”, Edward said. “This is the sixth incident at this roundabout in the last 5 years alone. Who’s next to get injured?”
You can sign the petition here >>> https://www.change.org/p/wirral-council-broadway-roundabout-bebington-make-it-safe-for-walking