The mother of a cyclist who was killed in a ‘hit-and-run’ in High Wycombe has issued an emotional plea for safety measures to be installed on the road where he died to prevent another tragic death.

David Pickup, 28, was cycling downhill along Hicks Farm Rise – a 30mph road - on January 16 when he was involved in a crash with a black car travelling in the opposite direction up the hill.

The black car did not stop at the scene but continued driving towards Totteridge Lane, sparking a police "hit-and-run" investigation.

It is believed the black car was travelling in convoy with a silver car which also drove off.

Marion Pickup, the mother of David – a lifeguard at Wycombe Leisure Centre before his death – attended a meeting of the High Wycombe Local Area Forum on Tuesday evening to present a petition to councillors calling for traffic calming measures to be installed on the road.

The petition gathered around 123 supporters – with campaigners, including Cllr Julia Wassell – going door-to-door to collect signatures.

Mrs Pickup broke down as she addressed councillors about the need for more safety measures on the road – but insisted she needed to continue.

She said: “I appreciate and support the petition requesting the installation of speed calming measures to prevent other injuries or fatalities on Hicks Farm Rise.

“I value and appreciate the council taking the time to read the petition and support local residents’ concerns about this serious situation.

“The recommendations and considerations mentioned within the petition should be implemented at the earliest possible date.”

Applause rang out through the council chamber as Mrs Pickup handed over the petition, with forum chairman, Cllr Wendy Mallen, hailing her as a “very brave lady”.

The petition states: “We, the undersigned residents of Hicks Farm Rise and adjoining roads petition Buckinghamshire County Council to install speed calming measures in Hicks Farm Rise. There have been a number of collisions at junctions and a recent tragic fatality.”

In the five years until May 31 this year, there have been seven injury crashes along the road. Three of the crashes were related to turning at the junction of Gayhurst Road.

Speaking after the forum meeting, Cllr Wassell said campaigners were looking at the possibility of installing a “speed table” – a traffic calming device that is longer than a usual speed bump – but it would cost around £12,000.

A funding bid has been submitted by Cllr Wassell so Transport for Bucks can carry out a feasibility study and the bid will be assessed sometime before December this year.

Other measures, including setting up a community SpeedWatch traffic monitoring scheme, posters designed by children to remind drivers of the speed limit and Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) showing the speed of a vehicle, are also being considered.