Silverknowes crash: Cyclist fights for her life after crash on Edinburgh road

A female cyclist has been seriously injured in a crash in the Capital.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 8:35 pm

The woman had been cycling on Silverknowes Road, Edinburgh and is reported to have been found by a passer-by at about 10.20am on Thursday, 29 April.

It remains unclear as to whether or not there were other vehicles involved.

Emergency services attended and the woman was taken to Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where medical staff have described her condition as critical.

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Officers have issued an appeal to find out more about the circumstances surrounding the crash.

On Saturday, March 6, Edinburgh City Council road officials introduced new traffic arrangements on Silverknowes Road North, which introduced one bus lane and one cycle-way, following the closure of the road to traffic last year under the Spaces for People Scheme.

However, some drivers ignored signage stating the single lane road was now for buses only and started driving in from both ends shortly after it opened.

Police were forced to attend within hours because of the dangers and the road had to be closed again later that night.

Police in attendance at Silverknowes Road, Edinburgh, where the crash happened picture: supplied
Police in attendance at Silverknowes Road, Edinburgh, where the crash happened picture: supplied

Almond Liberal Democrat councillor, Kevin Lang, said on Thursday: "Obviously this is a deeply concerning incident and I really hope the cyclist involved makes a full recovery.

"It would be deeply concerning to me if the arrangement down at Silverknowes Road - which was supposed to be there to protect cyclists - if those arrangements were in any way a cause of this terrible accident.

"It's going to be important to fully investigate the cause of this and if there are changes that need to be made to the cycle lanes there, it's important that the council make them as soon as possible."

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Silverknowes Road where the collision happened picture: Google maps

A witness to Thursday’s accident said a section of the road was cordoned off during the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: “No other vehicles are believed to have been involved at this stage and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 1233 of Thursday, 29 April. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 1233 of Thursday, 29 April.”

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