Cyclist Attrition….

Posted: April 27, 2011 in 2011, General

This is crazy. I am prepared to accept that this was simply an horrific accident but questioning whether wearing a helmet might have saved his life is absurd. Cycle helmets provide some protection at relatively low impacts, they are not going to save you if you are hit by a car. I read another report (different incident), where it was deemed to be contributory negligence that a cyclist was not wearing high viz clothing while on the road. The implication therefore is that because he wasn’t dressed like an irradiated lemon he shared the blame for a car driver hitting and killing him.

People get killed in and by cars quite frequently. Where is it held to be contributory negligence that drivers/passengers killed in RTAs are not wearing helmets? That cars are not all dayglo yellow? The fashion for silver cars hardly makes them stand out does it?  There really is a trend for double standards being applied here.

Having said that, I would really not like to be a cyclist in a city centre at night. How much like a Christmas tree would you have to look in order to get noticed? Interestingly, I was verbally abused recently as a car driver told me (in no uncertain fashion) that my lights were too bright. OK they are bright but they were pointed towards the ground maybe 15 yards in front of me and they were nowhere near as bright as the lights he had on his car.

It isn’t easy being a cyclist nowadays is it?

  1. Unfortunately the old rule regarding overtaking cyclists which was to give 6 feet of clearance has been replaced with this;

    Rule 212
    When passing motorcyclists and cyclists, give them plenty of room (see Rules 162-167). If they look over their shoulder it could mean that they intend to pull out, turn right or change direction. Give them time and space to do so.

    Unfortunately one mans plenty of room is another being twatted with a wing mirror at 70mph, and that’ll make you wobble about like a child learning to ride every time! Personally my view is if an overtaking vehicle is close enough for me to kick it a) I’ll kick it, and b) its too close. Personally in this instance it seems simple to me. Wobbling about is not an offence. Running into someone is. Self evidently the guy in the focus hit the cyclist, he admits as much therefore he equally self evidently he did not give him sufficient room. Therefore the charge has to be causing death by dangerous driving. NOT suggesting that the cyclist committed suicide by wilfully throwing himself under a car….and breath

  2. Mike M says:

    i cant believe 3 cars hit him

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