A WILMSLOW man who campaigned vociferously for vulnerable road users was given a fitting send off at his funeral.

Dale Langham, who canvassed for better provision for cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users died at home last month, aged 56.

And as befits the man dedicated to cycling and who represented Living Streets and Cycle Wilmslow, Dale made his final journey to Alderley Edge cemetery by bicycle hearse, accompanied by his many friends on two wheels.

A qualified electrical engineer, Dale was a well-respected member of the production team at Granada Television. Following an accident which left him unable to work he took up cycling in a bid to aid his recovery which led to him becoming a campaigner for vulnerable road users.

Rob Sawyer, of Cycle Wilmslow, said: “Although Dale was modest and shunned the limelight, his achievements in this field were significant.

“With razor sharp intelligence, vision and powers of persuasion, he ensured that a number of facilities for walking and cycling came to fruition, including the Carrs Greenway, A556 cycling/walking improvements and a pelican crossing on Bedells Lane.”

Dale rode socially with Macclesfield Wheelers and on Cycle Wilmslow family-friendly taster rides. He also took his children on epic cycling tours in Europe. Shortly after returning from one such expedition, to Chile in February, he was diagnosed with a life-limiting brain tumour.

Rob said: “He faced into this with typical determination and good humour – making every day count of his final months. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family.”

Dale’s funeral service took place at St Teresa’s Church on October 26.

Rob added: “It was fitting that the route taken included the cycling and walking path alongside the A34 Alderley Edge bypass, as he was instrumental in getting this popular facility incorporated into the road scheme design.”

Dale is survived by his father, Robert, wife, Jan, and their three children.