A bike ride is to take place to mark the 10th anniversary since the death of a cycling campaigner from Meltham.

John Radford, 69, suffered severe brain damage after his bike was struck by a car in a ‘road rage’ incident on the A616 Huddersfield Road, New Mill, in July 2013.

Sadly, John died the following year due to his injuries and the driver was later convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for four years and eight months.

John’s friend and fellow cycling campaigner Clr Martyn Bolt (below) has organised a ride on Monday July 31 as a tribute and also to highlight how vulnerable even the most experienced of cyclists can be on the roads.

Dad-of-two John was well known, both locally and nationally, for his work with Cyclists Touring Club and the numerous cycling events he organised.

Clr Bolt, of Mirfield, said: “I regularly ride through New Mill and there’s a white ‘ghost bike’ near the scene of what happened and this year is the 10th anniversary.

“John would have been 80 this year and should have spending time with his daughters and watching his grandchildren grew up but because of a pointless and senseless act we lost him.

“The court heard that John did absolutely nothing wrong and it was all due to an angry and impatient driver.

“We want to raise drivers’ awareness and consideration for cyclists so that we can all use the roads safely and co-exist.”

John’s daughters Emma and Helen will both attend the ride, which sets off from St George’s Square in Huddersfield at 6pm and goes to New Mill. Friends and fellow cyclists are welcome to join the ride.