Safety comes first, Hampshire County Council have spoken out after an 11-year-old was hit by a car whilst cycling.

On Tuesday evening, September 15, an 11-year-old girl was airlifted to hospital after she was hit by a car near the leisure park.

Police and the ambulance service were called to Worting Road at around 4pm after the 11-year-old was hit by a car whilst on her bike.

She suffered injuries and as a result was airlifted to hospital.

In light of this the Gazette has spoken to Hampshire County Council to see what they are doing to improve cyclist safety locally.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “I am sorry to hear of this incident and hope the young person involved recovers quickly. Safety comes first, and we prioritise our resources where there is evidence that installing measures will bring about improvements, while taking into consideration numbers of pedestrians, traffic volumes and suitability of sites. 

“We regularly analyse injury accident data to determine what interventions could be introduced to reduce the number of people injured on our roads. 

“We will be asking the Police for details of this incident and, together, with a study of the injury accident record for this area, will consider if any interventions could be put in place that would reduce casualties and improve road safety.

“The County Council also operates a wide range of pro-active road safety campaigns targeted at all road user groups. 

“Our Road Safety Team also provides road safety training and education specifically for schools including our cycle training scheme Bikeability, and our Travel Plans team work closely with schools on various measures targeted at reducing traffic levels at these locations.”