CSP offers condolences after physiotherapist dies while cycling

CSP would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the friends, family and colleagues of CSP member Anna Garratt-Quinton, who died last week while cycling near her workplace.

Anna Garratt-Quinton
Anna Garratt-Quinton

Ms Garrate-Quinton, who was 22 and came from Denham near Bedford, was hit by a lorry just before 8am last Thursday (7th October) near to Addenbrooke's Hospital, where she worked as a physiotherapist.

CSP chief executive Karen Middleton said: 'Anna’s death is utterly heart-breaking and we send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.

‘Her tragic loss is yet another reminder of the dangers cyclists face on our road and the need for urgent action to prevent further devastating accidents.’

Dedicated and hardworking

Following her death, her family described her as a ‘truly special individual’. In a statement they said she was:

‘The kindest soul, gentle and caring to the core. Her giggles, smile and sarcastic wit would light up a room.

‘She was dedicated and hardworking, would never take a day off, but if she did you could be sure to find her in her pink spotty dressing gown.

‘Effortlessly bright, her patients were lucky to have her. She is and always will be the best daughter, partner, auntie, sister, granddaughter, niece and so much more.

‘The list could go on because she was truly beloved by all. Anyone who got to meet our Anna Spanner is truly blessed.’

Ms Garrate-Quinton qualified as a physiotherapist last year, after completing her training and graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University.

A rise in cycling casualties

This latest tragic death highlights continuing debates about how to improve the safety of cyclists.

It also follows the release of new data, published by the Department of Transport earlier this month, which showed there had been a 41 per cent rise in cycling casualties last year, in comparison to figures from 2019.

In addition, the data also revealed that 39 per cent of cyclists had reported having “a near miss” with a vehicle whilst cycling.

In 2015, two CSP members lost their lives due to collisions with vehicles whilst they were cycling in London.

Stephanie Turner died in January that year, while cycling in Stamford Hill, and a few months later, in May, Esther Hartsilver, was killed by a collision while cycling on her way to work at King’s College Hospital.

Just over ten years before that, in 2004, physiotherapist and CSP member Vicki McCreery died after being hit by a bus whilst she cycled on Blackfriars Bridge in London.

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