Safety in mind

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2013

I have noticed an increasing number of incidents being reported in the Journal with reference to cyclists and the general pedestrian public.

Please do not think that I am ‘anti cyclist’!

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago I was ‘bowled over’ by a young man on his bike who came like a ‘bat out of hell’ from behind a bus picking up passengers at the stop outside the cinema in Rolle Street.

No, we weren’t ‘jay-walking’, a small group of people were crossing the road from NatWest Bank to the Strand.

Suddenly, when we were half-way across, this young man on his bike came speeding straight towards us.

I was on the right-hand side of the group and consequently was the one who felt the full force of the impact, ending up in being taken to hospital by ambulance, where thankfully, although suffering from extensive bruising and swelling to my leg and hand, the X-ray revealed no broken bones.

It has taken four weeks to be almost back to normal, but though elderly, I am normally fairly fit, I dread to think what the consequences would have been if I had been elderly and frail.

We now avoid crossing at this point, believing it to be a dangerous spot on the road, while questions need to be asked about the suitability of a bus stop just there.

However, the question regarding a ‘speeding bicycle’ along a busy town centre road needs to be answered. Perhaps the young man in question has had time to think carefully about his actions and will in future be more careful, I hope so.

On visiting Exmouth Police Station we were informed that ‘as the vehicle was not motorised’ there was no procedure for reporting the incident!

So it appears that you bike riders out there have to personally take responsibility for your behaviour on the road and anywhere else you may be cycling, our safety is in your hands!!

To end on a more pleasant note, I would like to thank those who came to my aid when the accident happened.

Your kindness and help is much appreciated by both me and my husband. To the lady who gave us a bag to put our leaking shopping in - I’m sorry, your bag was completely irredeemable by the time we got home and had to be binned. If we should meet again maybe we can recompense you, thanks.

Kate Andrews

Via email

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