Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

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Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby Annabel (admin) » Fri Mar 13, 2015 12:17 pm

The London Ambulance Service treated the cyclist, a man reported to be in his 30's, for leg and pelvic injuries.

Police said he suffered serious injuries but they are not thought to be life threatening.

http://www.wandsworthguardian.co.uk/new ... andsworth/
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby juliantenniscoach » Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:55 pm

As a cyclist can I please make a polite request. And I do mean polite, it's not an attempt to create a "them v us" debate. Please get off your mobile phones, that's car drivers and pedestrians alike. By pedestrians, I mean when crossing the road. I've avoided 5 or 6 collisions this month alone, with pedestrians just walking out into the road on the phone without looking. Most often on Northcote Road.

All because your can't hear something doesn't mean the route is clear. As for car drivers, you should know better by now.
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby supergirl » Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:34 pm

This week i drove my children to school for various personal reasons. My road is one way. This week every morning a cyclist was cycling the wrong way on the road. I drive slowly. But this is a situation where will eventually get hurt.

Yes get off the mobile phones drivers and look in your mirrors i would add but could i request the same polite suggestion that cyclists start following the road signs please?

It scared the hell out of me. My road is narrow with huges SUVs park on either side. Because there is a bend you dont really see whats coming when this X5 is park on that corner...

Thanks.
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby juliantenniscoach » Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:45 pm

Only took one post..............
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Postby supergirl » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:22 pm

I m sorry Julian you feel this way.

I do not wish to create a debate as you so eloquently put it but i very rarely drive in the morning and this week i got very scared.

Cars should definitively take responsabilities and i hopd there will be more and more cyclists on the road. But cyclist equally should take theirs and they are not above the law.

I m sorry for this cyclist. The wandsworth southside is so horrendously busy i wonder how there are no more accidents.
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Postby rooting4tooting » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:09 pm

all road users should not have phones and Ipods stuck in their ears. motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.
BTW WBC suggested that they should have a few one ways streets which cyclists are allowed to cycle up the wrong way. Trinity Crescent is one.. madness in my view.
I'll be cycling soon, watch out for my bright yellow cap... (at 05:30 in the morning) :mrgreen:
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby juliantenniscoach » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:25 pm

Yep well you wouldn't catch me riding against a one way street in London. Lunacy IMO. Definitely the headphones in the car, mobile stuck to your ear is a real problem. Unfortunately I think only a fixed penalty purge will help to address that.

Oh and I'm totally happy to extend the FPN purge to cyclists riding through red lights...........just for balance you understand ;)
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby NYE31 » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:01 pm

I wish I had a web cam for every cyclist that I have seen:

a) jumping red lights,
b) cycling on the pavement when there are small children, pushchairs & other pedestrians that dare to use pavements,
c) going down one way roads the wrong way,
d) not signalling, &
e) ignoring pedestrian crossings
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby Historytutor » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:14 pm

In my opinion, cyclists should be allowed to ride anywhere they like, even if it's the 'wrong' way down a one-way street. They should, of course, be expected to adhere to traffic lights and cross walks as far as possible. The UK could learn a lot from the Netherlands, where the bike rules the road. They have a much more relaxed and healthy culture, both of which we could benefit from in London.
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby jamie @ dRAW » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:13 pm

Most importantly hope the person is ok who was involved in the accident.

As a daily cyclist and having in the past been a daily car driver (now only occasionally in London) I have had experience from both sides.

There are negatives and positives to either side of the argument but what mainly stands out to myself is the majority of peoples attitudes in general. I think everyone needs to be more considerate and tolerant of one another. No situation is ever clear cut and a lot more could end with a better outcome if people didn't have such a self importance and had more patience.If everyone were more present and aware in what they were doing the roads would be far safer.
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby breakfastattiffanys » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:54 am

As both a cyclist and driver it's important to try and see things from both sides.

It irks me (and probably the genuine cyclist) when I see another cyclist jumping a red traffic light; not having lights on after dark and so on.

However Apples4Jam you must be driving somewhere completely different to the majority of us....really
"I actually see far more cyclists wobbling about on their bikes while talking on their mobile phones these days than I do motorists I have to say"
I find that hard to believe.
I drive a fair amount and the number of people in cars on their mobile phones must be 100x that of cyclists.

NYE.
Regards your point a) d) e) - for cyclists ...read cars.
I've lost count the number of times I've seen this.
We can all make pro and con lists.

As Jamie rightly says we need to be more polite to each other.
Cyclists are far more vulnerable though of course this doesn't mean they shouldn't adhere to the Highway Code.
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby supergirl » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:34 am

In the french highway code (not sure if it is the same in the english one) it says that whoever is the slowest has priority as you should be able to control your vehicule. So: a pedestrian over a cyclist, a cyclist over a car etc.

I agree more courtesy on both side and adhering to the highway is what is needed alongside with more cycle lanes.
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby BFW » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:05 am

I am a Cyclist and driver (of car and scooter) and the WORST thing is cyclist with headphones and music on. They can't hear the traffic around them and it is so dangerous !

I commute every day from SW11 to the City sometimes by scooter and sometimes on my bike and I do have to say that my fellow cyclists do think they own the streets and that rules don't apply to them. They overtake without looking behind, they take the entire lane which is actually not just for cyclists but for buses, taxis and scooters too, and they jump red lights. Interestingly I have now seen quite a lot of policemen on the way to work stopping cyclists but I am not sure how much this will help.

I say all of this from a Cyclists point of view !
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby NYE31 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:22 am

Well said BFW :)
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Re: Cyclist injured by Wandsworth Southside

Postby Seb » Wed Mar 18, 2015 11:54 am

Seeing as we are talking road safety I have a question :-)

A few times in the last month or so I've been crossing a side street only to have a motorbike turn into the street from a main road.

I'm already crossing the road before it starts to turn in.

Yesterday a motorbike beeped me even though I'm pretty sure I have right of way, in that if I am already crossing and it subsequently turns into the road then as I am already crossing it has to wait for me.

Is that right?

I was about to get grumpy then thought better of it!
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