Injuries could have been so much worse after pavement collision

Injuries could have been so much worse after pavement collision

Injuries could have been so much worse after pavement collision

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PRESUMABLY the experts who have come up with the idea of carpeting the conurbation with cycle lanes at the cost of several million pounds have done some calculations about how many people will actually use them.

Because judging by the anecdotal evidence, more cyclists seem to be using the pavements than the roads.

Hospital ward clerk Ann Woolston has become the latest victim of reckless riders, though fortunately her injuries could have been much worse.

She’s just the latest. It’s time the police and cycle-lane-promoting local authorities got to grips with these pavement idiots.

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11:39am Fri 28 Feb 14

Mike R-B says...

Before yet more cash is to be spent on cycle lanes laws must be made and enforced to MAKE cyclists use them, not pick and choose.
We could all get around town much quicker if we jumped red lights and drove our car in cycle lanes and designated lanes on foot paths, but the law prevents it.
Before yet more cash is to be spent on cycle lanes laws must be made and enforced to MAKE cyclists use them, not pick and choose. We could all get around town much quicker if we jumped red lights and drove our car in cycle lanes and designated lanes on foot paths, but the law prevents it. Mike R-B
  • Score: 2

11:55am Fri 28 Feb 14

muscliffman says...

I note a report in the Echo's Southampton sister paper yesterday that new green painted cycle lanes covering a major junction in that City are causing serious troubles from day one. Not unlike the top of Richmond Hill the scheme is evidently creating far more dangerous problems for all road users (including cyclists) than existed there before - and all at vast public expense!.

This is all an ill considered, very incompetently managed, money no object over reaction to a noisy unrepresentative cycling minority and we have more of it to come in Bournemouth and Poole. Time to stop it now, before someone is badly hurt or worse.
I note a report in the Echo's Southampton sister paper yesterday that new green painted cycle lanes covering a major junction in that City are causing serious troubles from day one. Not unlike the top of Richmond Hill the scheme is evidently creating far more dangerous problems for all road users (including cyclists) than existed there before - and all at vast public expense!. This is all an ill considered, very incompetently managed, money no object over reaction to a noisy unrepresentative cycling minority and we have more of it to come in Bournemouth and Poole. Time to stop it now, before someone is badly hurt or worse. muscliffman
  • Score: 2

4:39pm Fri 28 Feb 14

steveblowers says...

Really sorry that this woman was hurt by an idiot cyclist. I cycle to work everyday using the road. Cycle lanes are a waste of money the general idea behind them being to keep cyclists out of the way of motorists. Agree with the comment above that cycle lanes cause problems for everyone. Up and down drop kerbs, constant stopping when having to cross junctions with left turning traffic. I am not part of the "noisy unrepresentative cycling minority," I keep my mouth shut and cycle safely on the road within the rules and restrictions of the Highway Code - as should everyone!
Really sorry that this woman was hurt by an idiot cyclist. I cycle to work everyday using the road. Cycle lanes are a waste of money the general idea behind them being to keep cyclists out of the way of motorists. Agree with the comment above that cycle lanes cause problems for everyone. Up and down drop kerbs, constant stopping when having to cross junctions with left turning traffic. I am not part of the "noisy unrepresentative cycling minority," I keep my mouth shut and cycle safely on the road within the rules and restrictions of the Highway Code - as should everyone! steveblowers
  • Score: 3

10:10pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Confused of Oakdale says...

"Because judging by the anecdotal evidence",

Oh dear.

If it's anecdotal, it's not evidence.
"Because judging by the anecdotal evidence", Oh dear. If it's anecdotal, it's not evidence. Confused of Oakdale
  • Score: 2

10:47pm Fri 28 Feb 14

tim m says...

"...more cyclists seem to be using the pavements than the roads."

This is total ****.
"...more cyclists seem to be using the pavements than the roads." This is total ****. tim m
  • Score: 2

4:06am Sat 1 Mar 14

FNS-man says...

Pathetic. In the last month many pedestrians have been seriously injured and killed by cars on the roads and the pavements. This is the real thing that needs addressing.
Pathetic. In the last month many pedestrians have been seriously injured and killed by cars on the roads and the pavements. This is the real thing that needs addressing. FNS-man
  • Score: 2

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