Does anyone know about the accident in Thames street today? Drove past at about 1 pm and it looked like a man had been hit by one of those speed cyclists who pedal like something off a shovel! He was laying covered with a blanket with one of his eyes covered with a white bandage. He was surrounded by a few cyclists and police etc...just wondered if anyone knew anything? It looked like it happened on the corner near the zebra crossing over to the river.

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I also saw this situation and there were police, at least one car driver and one or more cyclists. The man was on the pavement not on the road - why do you assume he was hit by 'one of those speed cyclists who pedal like something off a shovel!'? He could just as easily just tripped.

My perspective on this was that a number of people, including cyclists had stopped, helped and remained as witnesses.

For information - I am not a serious bike rider, just in the park with family etc....

We witnessed the aftermath to this incident as pedestrians, there wasn't any indication that it was caused by cyclists! Why are some people so condemning when they can't deal in fact or indeed with knowledge

The same rhetoric emanated with the Waitrose planning application, which has proved to be a plus plus plus in my opinion. The author to this thread needs to familiarise herself with truth and not, dare i say, fiction, or at best, heresay and guesses.

Whilst I am a cyclist, I am 99% of the time a car driver. Petra, you are absolutely right, but you do not mention the cyclists ( it seems like a large percentage to me) who go through red at traffic lights, or those that cycle on the pavement and then suddenly join the main road in front of you without looking or cycle up on the blind side, etc. etc. etc. It seems to me that car drivers are ALWAYS to blame? I am on your side on this one but bells in the old days you could hear but now I am not so sure!
 
Petra Sale said:

His friend said it was a cyclist! Only going by what was mentioned...and what it looked like...geez... 

Cyclists do seem to have forgotten to put bells on their bikes these days though, just an observation...my cousin got hit in the stomach by a cyclist a few years back, and it really messed her up, they were speeding down a public footpath...as they seem to do when you're trying to have a walk in the park etc, coming up behind you no warning (no bell) and then just make a div to go past you...anyone could easily step over not knowing they're there. 

Just as bad on the roads, some riding side by side, shooting past the cars, knocking into mirrors then looking at you like your the one in wrong...who's the one paying the road tax to maintain your velodrome!

You should hear my Pashley bell, Henry. Proper Doorbell Stuff. Ding Dong!

Charles Henry Atkinson said:

Whilst I am a cyclist, I am 99% of the time a car driver. Petra, you are absolutely right, but you do not mention the cyclists ( it seems like a large percentage to me) who go through red at traffic lights, or those that cycle on the pavement and then suddenly join the main road in front of you without looking or cycle up on the blind side, etc. etc. etc. It seems to me that car drivers are ALWAYS to blame? I am on your side on this one but bells in the old days you could hear but now I am not so sure!
 
Petra Sale said:

His friend said it was a cyclist! Only going by what was mentioned...and what it looked like...geez... 

Cyclists do seem to have forgotten to put bells on their bikes these days though, just an observation...my cousin got hit in the stomach by a cyclist a few years back, and it really messed her up, they were speeding down a public footpath...as they seem to do when you're trying to have a walk in the park etc, coming up behind you no warning (no bell) and then just make a div to go past you...anyone could easily step over not knowing they're there. 

Just as bad on the roads, some riding side by side, shooting past the cars, knocking into mirrors then looking at you like your the one in wrong...who's the one paying the road tax to maintain your velodrome!

I agree 100% with Petra regarding the anti-social behaviour of the majority of cyclists and yes, i do mean the majority.
 
Petra Sale said:

His friend said it was a cyclist! Only going by what was mentioned...and what it looked like...geez... 

Cyclists do seem to have forgotten to put bells on their bikes these days though, just an observation...my cousin got hit in the stomach by a cyclist a few years back, and it really messed her up, they were speeding down a public footpath...as they seem to do when you're trying to have a walk in the park etc, coming up behind you no warning (no bell) and then just make a div to go past you...anyone could easily step over not knowing they're there. 

Just as bad on the roads, some riding side by side, shooting past the cars, knocking into mirrors then looking at you like your the one in wrong...who's the one paying the road tax to maintain your velodrome!

Agree also 100% with some of the comments on here about the majority of cyclists that think they own the roads and don't have to adhere to any highway code!

I have lost count of the 'close shaves' I have had with cyclists because of their stupid actions on the road.

 

P.S I also ride a bike, though only a fair weather summer rider, but always think from a drivers point of view when out on the road. Perhaps the 'majority' can't do this as they don't drive?

I vote for high-viz registration tabards for all cyclists using the roads, which must be visible to all the traffic cameras, for the benefit of penalising those who like to ride dangerously, ignoring the rules of the highway and to protect all those who ride safely. ... whatd'ya thunk?

firstly we don't know really what happened.

if we're chucking out stereotypes.

Pedestrians don't look, if they don't hear a car they will just step out, very common in central london though i've had folks do that to me in hampton before now.

Bells on Thames street? chance of being able to hear one their over the rest of traffic is improbable. my normal commute takes me though Bushy Park I've found saying good mourning afternoon or nice weather etc lets folks know i'm there, I like dogs so tend to greet them so don't have problems with them. Did once have to do a rapid stop one dark mourning as two younger stags had got too close to one of the big ones who bulldozed them across the path! that woke me up! 

Most cyclists using Thames street will be MAMIL's so they will have a car. And most have some sort of hi vis or good lights. not quite sure why you think there should be a law for it?

At the risk of straying into Gruffalo territory,  "A MAMIL?........What's a MAMIL?"

Roger Merriman said:

firstly we don't know really what happened.

if we're chucking out stereotypes.

Pedestrians don't look, if they don't hear a car they will just step out, very common in central london though i've had folks do that to me in hampton before now.

Bells on Thames street? chance of being able to hear one their over the rest of traffic is improbable. my normal commute takes me though Bushy Park I've found saying good mourning afternoon or nice weather etc lets folks know i'm there, I like dogs so tend to greet them so don't have problems with them. Did once have to do a rapid stop one dark mourning as two younger stags had got too close to one of the big ones who bulldozed them across the path! that woke me up! 

Most cyclists using Thames street will be MAMIL's so they will have a car. And most have some sort of hi vis or good lights. not quite sure why you think there should be a law for it?

Middle Aged Man in Lycra!

yup Mamul 

Now that BBC Headline is the sort of thing that brings down the red mist for me, Roger

Rise of the MAMILs (Middle Aged Men In Lycra)

The plural "s" is superfluous owing to the fact that the plural has already been addressed in Men. 

I'm off now to compose a strongly worded seance to Lord Reith on the subject of falling standards at the BBC!


Roger Merriman said:

yup Mamul 

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