Bournemouth deputy mayor calls for more enforcement of seafront cycle limit after charity race collision

Bournemouth Echo: INJURIES: Cllr Phil Stanley was knocked down by a cyclist in a charity race INJURIES: Cllr Phil Stanley was knocked down by a cyclist in a charity race

BOURNEMOUTH’S Deputy Mayor is calling for greater enforcement of the seafront cycling speed limit after he was knocked down and injured whilst running a charity race. Cllr Phil Stanley Watts was competing in the Diverse Abilities Plus’ Jingle Jog when he was mown down by a cyclist weaving in and out of the runners at speed.

Battered and bruised he managed to complete the 6km race along Bournemouth seafront, but was left with minor injuries after he hit the pavement.

He said: “We must encourage safe cycling because I was knocked over by a cyclist travelling at speed on the seafront.

“This seems to be a widespread problem on the seafront as well as in pedestrian precincts.”

Cllr Watts has said he would like to see increased signage along the promenade reminding cyclists about the 10mph speed limit. “It’s incredibly dangerous and I have heard of numerous similar accidents on the seafront. “Cyclists do go far too fast and it’s difficult to see or hear them approaching when you’re running. “I would like to see greater enforcement of the speed limit and more information encouraging people towards safer cycling.” Bournemouth council has introduced a number of events and changes to road layout in order to transform the town into a “centre for cycling”.

Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Culture, Cllr Lawrence Williams said: “The council is very pro cycling and it is a great way to keep fit and healthy and help relieve congestion on the roads.

“It is the responsibility of all promenade users to use the space sensibly and the police will take action if there is an incident.”

A summer cycling ban is in place on the promenade between 10am and 6pm throughout July and August and there are currently five prosecutions being processed through the court system.

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4:11pm Fri 20 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Phils press manager,doing a good job again.
Phils press manager,doing a good job again. pete woodley

4:16pm Fri 20 Dec 13

contric says...

if the council were pro cycling why have they made the top of richmond hill so dangerous for cyclists an accident waiting to happen
if the council were pro cycling why have they made the top of richmond hill so dangerous for cyclists an accident waiting to happen contric

4:20pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Moro99 says...

Why 10mph for cyclists, but 20mph for motorists between the piers?
Why 10mph for cyclists, but 20mph for motorists between the piers? Moro99

4:28pm Fri 20 Dec 13

wool525 says...

maybe he should watch where he's going
maybe he should watch where he's going wool525

4:45pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Matthew_Y says...

Would it be feasible to put a white line down the middle, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists, and then put the onus on each community to stay out of each others way?
Would it be feasible to put a white line down the middle, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists, and then put the onus on each community to stay out of each others way? Matthew_Y

5:51pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Lewcee says...

It is still a Road, a Public Highway...did the cyclist stop? Will he go to jail, like the other idiot? I know the degree of severity is different as there was a less serious outcome, but why not treat it the same? Or is it a big fib?
It is still a Road, a Public Highway...did the cyclist stop? Will he go to jail, like the other idiot? I know the degree of severity is different as there was a less serious outcome, but why not treat it the same? Or is it a big fib? Lewcee

10:05pm Fri 20 Dec 13

The-Bleeding-Obvious says...

Some 'increased signage' painted every 25 mtrs on the prom to remind walkers that its a shared route wouldn't be a bad idea.
Some 'increased signage' painted every 25 mtrs on the prom to remind walkers that its a shared route wouldn't be a bad idea. The-Bleeding-Obvious

10:34pm Fri 20 Dec 13

B Unit says...

Its a shame that cycling provision isn't addressed or put into consideration in the new £90m seafront strategy plan that came out recently. Would be interesting to see how other beaches nationally and worldwide tackle this issue as well.
Its a shame that cycling provision isn't addressed or put into consideration in the new £90m seafront strategy plan that came out recently. Would be interesting to see how other beaches nationally and worldwide tackle this issue as well. B Unit

11:32pm Fri 20 Dec 13

bobthedestroyer says...

Ban cyclists from prom
Ban joggers from prom
Ban people from prom

Think that covers it
Ban cyclists from prom Ban joggers from prom Ban people from prom Think that covers it bobthedestroyer

11:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

BIGTONE says...

Running down a councillor?

I suppose it's better than putting down a councillor West eh?
Running down a councillor? I suppose it's better than putting down a councillor West eh? BIGTONE

12:24am Sat 21 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

Welcome to the real world councillor. By the way, how about and end to three yard long cycle lanes all over the shop. Got a bike have you?Thought not. NIce beanie.
Welcome to the real world councillor. By the way, how about and end to three yard long cycle lanes all over the shop. Got a bike have you?Thought not. NIce beanie. whataboutthat

12:27am Sat 21 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

More signs - of course - people really take notice of them Wet Paint - touch, touch; yeah it's wet...
More signs - of course - people really take notice of them Wet Paint - touch, touch; yeah it's wet... whataboutthat

1:47am Sat 21 Dec 13

paul.p says...

Silly little Britain.....
Silly little Britain..... paul.p

7:48am Sat 21 Dec 13

Phixer says...

"Cllr Watts has said he would like to see increased signage along the promenade reminding cyclists about the 10mph speed limit"

He's having a larf! Just what we need, more signs telling us what we can't do at the seaside. Can anyone see the sea for all the signs? Has anyone seen a BBC sign that says 'have fun'?

Doesn't he know that cyclists are blind? Speed limits, rules of the road, and a normal caring society don't apply to cyclists.
"Cllr Watts has said he would like to see increased signage along the promenade reminding cyclists about the 10mph speed limit" He's having a larf! Just what we need, more signs telling us what we can't do at the seaside. Can anyone see the sea for all the signs? Has anyone seen a BBC sign that says 'have fun'? Doesn't he know that cyclists are blind? Speed limits, rules of the road, and a normal caring society don't apply to cyclists. Phixer

9:27am Sat 21 Dec 13

jobsworthwatch says...

What Bournemouth deputy mayor should be calling for is better provision for all seafront users.
That is marked lanes for cyclists, joggers and walkers with better provision outside of the piers by widening the prom so that all restrictions on cycling can be removed. The prom is a great way to cross town on a bike, cycling provision on the prom should be top priority and should certainly have taken priority over a surf reef, a minority sport.
What Bournemouth deputy mayor should be calling for is better provision for all seafront users. That is marked lanes for cyclists, joggers and walkers with better provision outside of the piers by widening the prom so that all restrictions on cycling can be removed. The prom is a great way to cross town on a bike, cycling provision on the prom should be top priority and should certainly have taken priority over a surf reef, a minority sport. jobsworthwatch

12:16pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Veryhappyincomer says...

Matthew_Y wrote:
Would it be feasible to put a white line down the middle, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists, and then put the onus on each community to stay out of each others way?
Yes, because little kids enjoying a summer holiday are going to run from the beach hut to the white line, follow the highway code to check for silent speeding cyclists, and then safely run to the beach.
[quote][p][bold]Matthew_Y[/bold] wrote: Would it be feasible to put a white line down the middle, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists, and then put the onus on each community to stay out of each others way?[/p][/quote]Yes, because little kids enjoying a summer holiday are going to run from the beach hut to the white line, follow the highway code to check for silent speeding cyclists, and then safely run to the beach. Veryhappyincomer

12:17pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Veryhappyincomer says...

Moro99 wrote:
Why 10mph for cyclists, but 20mph for motorists between the piers?
Bikes are silent whereas cars, except for the councils electric ones, make a bit of noise.
[quote][p][bold]Moro99[/bold] wrote: Why 10mph for cyclists, but 20mph for motorists between the piers?[/p][/quote]Bikes are silent whereas cars, except for the councils electric ones, make a bit of noise. Veryhappyincomer

12:27pm Sat 21 Dec 13

roguetrader666 says...

Typical politicians' response. Put up more signs. Laws are for the law-abiding. Whatever you do there will be those that push the envelope. Plus I don't believe he was 'mown down' at all!
Typical politicians' response. Put up more signs. Laws are for the law-abiding. Whatever you do there will be those that push the envelope. Plus I don't believe he was 'mown down' at all! roguetrader666

2:20pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Arthur Maureen says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
Ban cyclists from prom
Ban joggers from prom
Ban people from prom

Think that covers it
Ban Bob from planet earth
Ban Bob from planet earth
Ban Bob from planet earth

Think that covers that.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: Ban cyclists from prom Ban joggers from prom Ban people from prom Think that covers it[/p][/quote]Ban Bob from planet earth Ban Bob from planet earth Ban Bob from planet earth Think that covers that. Arthur Maureen

2:38pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Derf says...

While I accept that cyclists on the prom can be a right pain in the Harris, given that unlike cars, bikes have no legal requirement to be fitted with a working speedometer, how many speeding prosecutions that are funded by council tax payers will be laughed out of court around about the time the cyclist says 'I had an honestly held belief I was cycling at 8mph' will it take before the council realise the whole speed limit for cyclists (while good in intent) is totally pointless and somewhat void in law?
While I accept that cyclists on the prom can be a right pain in the Harris, given that unlike cars, bikes have no legal requirement to be fitted with a working speedometer, how many speeding prosecutions that are funded by council tax payers will be laughed out of court around about the time the cyclist says 'I had an honestly held belief I was cycling at 8mph' will it take before the council realise the whole speed limit for cyclists (while good in intent) is totally pointless and somewhat void in law? Derf

3:01pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Peroni says...

Same as at Baiter cycle way ,some travel at high speed ,forgetting or ignoring the fact that pedestrians have the right of way !
Is only a matter of time before some else gets hurt .
Same as at Baiter cycle way ,some travel at high speed ,forgetting or ignoring the fact that pedestrians have the right of way ! Is only a matter of time before some else gets hurt . Peroni

10:32am Sun 22 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Stop phil crashing into cyclists,he is getting too old for it.
Stop phil crashing into cyclists,he is getting too old for it. pete woodley

9:04am Mon 23 Dec 13

suzigirl says...

Happens all the time at Whitecliff - Mr Angry on his bicycle - get off my footpath!
Happens all the time at Whitecliff - Mr Angry on his bicycle - get off my footpath! suzigirl

10:41am Mon 23 Dec 13

FNS-man says...

I can't really have much sympathy if he wasn't wearing hi-viz clothing. And the article makes not mention of whether he was wearing a helmet or not. Again, taking his life in his own hands. Surely it's common sense that when you're running in a race you should be wearing one.
I can't really have much sympathy if he wasn't wearing hi-viz clothing. And the article makes not mention of whether he was wearing a helmet or not. Again, taking his life in his own hands. Surely it's common sense that when you're running in a race you should be wearing one. FNS-man

10:46am Mon 23 Dec 13

FNS-man says...

Looking at the picture: he's got dark trousers, a dark top and a dark hat. Does he have no concern for his safety, or others? And he isn't even looking where he's going - just staring at the ground right in front of himself. Surely we all have to share the responsibility for safety? And if he isn't prepared to do that, then it's no surprise he's been hit.
Looking at the picture: he's got dark trousers, a dark top and a dark hat. Does he have no concern for his safety, or others? And he isn't even looking where he's going - just staring at the ground right in front of himself. Surely we all have to share the responsibility for safety? And if he isn't prepared to do that, then it's no surprise he's been hit. FNS-man

2:20pm Mon 23 Dec 13

littlelawn says...

Matthew_Y wrote:
Would it be feasible to put a white line down the middle, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists, and then put the onus on each community to stay out of each others way?
There's a line dividing pedestrian lane and bike lane in Littledown Valley and is not respected for some cyclists and pedestrians. Unfortunately no matter what you put in place, there will be always users ignoring signs, lines, warnings, etc...
[quote][p][bold]Matthew_Y[/bold] wrote: Would it be feasible to put a white line down the middle, half for pedestrians and half for cyclists, and then put the onus on each community to stay out of each others way?[/p][/quote]There's a line dividing pedestrian lane and bike lane in Littledown Valley and is not respected for some cyclists and pedestrians. Unfortunately no matter what you put in place, there will be always users ignoring signs, lines, warnings, etc... littlelawn

11:06am Wed 25 Dec 13

dorset707 says...

I'm sorry that it has taken someone to get hurt to raise this issue but just glad that it wasn't a child or an older or infirm person as they are the normal victims of the aggressive cyclists who often frighten and intimidate many of the large number of people who just want to enjoy our beautiful seafront.
It's no good telling pedestrians to take more care when walking as they can't see a cyclist racing up behind them and if any change of direction easily results in a collision. The many near misses are especially frightening.
A cycle lane couldn't work as children aren't going to look both ways when running from beach hut to beach.
The vast majority of cyclists ride responsibly and don't cause problems but strong regulations are needed to stop the inconsiderate few spoiling it for everybody.
I'm sorry that it has taken someone to get hurt to raise this issue but just glad that it wasn't a child or an older or infirm person as they are the normal victims of the aggressive cyclists who often frighten and intimidate many of the large number of people who just want to enjoy our beautiful seafront. It's no good telling pedestrians to take more care when walking as they can't see a cyclist racing up behind them and if any change of direction easily results in a collision. The many near misses are especially frightening. A cycle lane couldn't work as children aren't going to look both ways when running from beach hut to beach. The vast majority of cyclists ride responsibly and don't cause problems but strong regulations are needed to stop the inconsiderate few spoiling it for everybody. dorset707

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