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LIFE LOST: Margaret Baldock with a photo of her son, David, who died in a bike accident. Picture: Heath Holden.

A YOUNG boy beams proudly from the black and white photograph from his perch on the seat of a shiny new bicycle.

David Baldock loved to ride his bike and was described by his mother as “an enterprising young boy”, so when he asked his mother, Margaret Baldock, to start a paper run, it was nothing out of the ordinary.

But the Baldocks’ lives were irreparably shattered one day in 1975 when a driver hit David head-on while he was delivering spare papers to the shop at Sulphur Creek.

David died instantly and the Baldock family was never the same.

Delwyn Cure, mother of world champion cyclist Amy Cure, said the loss of her brother changed their family, and while grief and loss were dealt with, David would be alive today if drivers and riders both paid more attention to sharing the road.

Mrs Cure, who has watched her two daughters, Amy and Sarah, grow to have a passion for cycling, said the sport was always going to be fraught with danger but it was important to get the message out to all road users to be patient and take care.

She was speaking in response to an incident last week involving world champion cyclist Macey Stewart, a friend of her daughter Amy’s, which has reignited the debate around cycling and sharing the road.

“It’s always in the back of your mind, but you don’t want to say too much. I’ve always said it’s their journey,” Mrs Cure said.

Sarah was involved in a crash in 2011 at the Tour of Geelong in Victoria when an amateur photographer crashed into a group of cyclists on the course.

She said accidents happened, but it didn’t change how a family dealt with grief and loss, such as the loss of her brother.

“I don’t think that the person who killed my brother left home that day thinking they were going to kill someone,” Mrs Cure said.

“Every time you get in the car or on the bike you need to be aware of what the worst-case scenario would be if you weren’t paying attention, were on your phone or on social media.”

Mrs Baldock said while cycling and road riding were always going to be dangerous, it was important that drivers were more aware and took more care around cyclists.

“A driver has four walls around them; I think they have to remember that a cyclist doesn’t,” she said.

Mrs Baldock said she didn’t want to blame drivers for all cyclist-motorist accidents and it was important people understood how easily accidents could happen.

“He [David] would still be alive today if drivers thought more about their responsibility,” she said.

Mrs Cure said she and her family thought about David all the time and not having him around to meet her daughters was frustrating.

“There’s always that part of you that knows that something is missing. I mean we all deal with loss and I believe that when you’re time is up, it’s up, but it doesn’t get easier,” she said.

The women said their faith helped them get through the loss of David.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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