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A BANK HOLIDAY TRAGEDY

27-05-2008

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Stirrer blogger Dr David Nicholl witnesses a Bank Holiday tragedy, and ponders the safety of cycling.

It was clear she was dead. A pensioner on a bicycle was never going to win a contest with an HGV. It was a perfect Bank Holiday Sunday, and our family trip to the beach had been interrupted by the lifeless body on the road, and the truck behind it.

The lorry driver was in shock, he had tried his best, and couldn't have been doing more than 30 mph. Not even a skid mark from his emergency stop.

Nonetheless, as I checked her pulseless body, I reflected on the dangers of cycling in 2008.

Maybe, just maybe, if she had been wearing a cycling helmet, she would have had a chance.

Perhaps if there had been a cycle lane, as there is on most 'A' class roads anywhere else in Europe, this accident, and thousands of others, would have been avoided.

Finally, maybe we could learn from the Dutch where in any accident, the initial assumption is that the motorist was in the wrong.

In the tragedy I witnessed, the trucker was blameless, but if all drivers knew their competence would be immediately questioned in a cycle accident, and all cyclists obliged to wear a helmet, perhaps it would make the road a safer place for those on two wheels.

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