Motorists are being asked to avoid a busy Birmingham shopping street during a procession in memory of a teenager who was killed when she was knocked down by a lorry.
Hope Fennell, who attended Queensbridge School, in Moseley, was just 13 when she died trying to cross Kings Heath High Street on her bike last November.
Hope’s family will lead the procession next Saturday from her school in Queensbridge Road to All Saints Church, Kings Heath, between 10.30am and 11am, and motorists have been urged to steer clear of the area while the tribute is in progress.
The procession will briefly halt at the crossing outside the Asda store in High Street where Hope tragically met her death. A service will then be held at the nearby church.
Hope’s mum Nazan is campaigning to improve road safety and has said: “I believe I have lost my child because safety was not taken as seriously as it should be.
“We are launching the Live In Hope campaign this summer with a petition and a rally, which could be held in September.
“I think that all HGVs should be fitted with sensors to detect pedestrians in a blind spot, and the council should ban lorries from the High Street at peak times.”
Nazan said four pedestrians had died in four years on the busy road and a risk assessment of the road she organised with safety campaign group RoSPA concluded that considerable improvements could be made.
The road safety campaign has been backed by councillors and the Kings Heath Neighbourhood Forum.
Members of Kings Heath Residents’ Forum, which has supported the teenager’s family since the accident, called on drivers to avoid the out-of-city stretch of the busy A435 road where the tragedy occurred during the procession.
Former television gardener and local resident Howard Drury, who is helping to organise the march, said: “The procession has the full support of the police but we also ask that if anyone has to use the area’s roads at this time, they display extra care and attention.’’