Ride for Eric to spur cycle safety

Eric Codling
Eric Codling

A cycle ride will be held in September in memory of a Sheffield man who was killed on his bike by a speeding drink driver.

The inaugural Eric Codling Memorial Bike Ride has been organised by friends, family and colleagues “to mark the life of an amazing man, and to highlight road safety awareness in Sheffield and beyond”.

Money will be raised for Cavendish Cancer Care where his wife, Karen, is a trustee.

Routes of 6km, 16km and 50km are being offered around the south west of Sheffield, starting and ending at Abbeydale Sports Club, on Sunday, September 21.

Eric, a father of two, aged 55, of Millhouses, was killed by a motorist on Whirlowdale Road while on his Sunday ride in early November 2013.

Emma Egan, 26, of Dewsbury, who was driving at about 70mph in pursuit of her boyfriend who had just jilted her, was sentenced to four years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

Karen said: “Eric was always a careful cyclist and took all the precautions he could to make himself visible to other road users. Unfortunately on this occasion that wasn’t enough. Eric was killed. He didn’t stand a chance.”

Karen wants to make cyclists safe, and to raise the awareness of other road users. “It is very common to see on many forums cyclists and car users blaming each other for inconsiderate road use.

“Another thing I have learned from losing Eric is that hardly anyone carries any form of ID when out cycling, running, etc. Eric was one of these. He had his mobile phone and a pound coin. It took the police four hours to trace me. That could be a very critical period of time for a family if the person injured is not killed instantly as Eric was.”

Karen is working with Matt Norris, of Racing TNT, and Eamonn Hunt, of Very Creative Ltd, on the Ride for Eric.

She has been involved with Cavendish Cancer Care for 14 years, a trustee for over five, describing it as a free and vital resource for South Yorkshire people diagnosed with cancer, and their families and carers.

“They have been there and supported Eric and I when I was going through treatment for breast cancer. They have still been there for me to the present date, including providing counselling for me and my girls since Eric’s death.”

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