If cyclists don't obey the law, other people suffer
I have recently read with great interest articles in Mailbox from Graham Cross and Paul Lee regarding cyclists not adhering to the laws.
These contained very relevant points. In June, my wife and daughter went to town when they were hit by a cyclist who, in their opinion, was travelling at a fair speed. He was travelling down a one-way street the wrong way.
My wife suffered the worst, and my daughter suffered bruising and shock. My wife, who is a pensioner, suffered a dislocated left wrist and a severely broken arm.
This required surgery, which lasted three hours, and a two-night stay in hospital. She had a plate inserted into her arm and the bones have been screwed together.
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Following this, she was in plaster for six weeks, and now has to visit the hospital for physiotherapy. She still has no feeling in three fingers. This problem is magnified as she is left-handed. Consequently, she cannot carry out simple household tasks, even writing.
Cyclists are often seen travelling at a fair speed on pavements and pedestrianised areas. Many ride behind you, waiting for an opportunity to pass, literally within inches of hitting you.
They do not take into consideration the fact that they can't be heard and if a pedestrian steps out, the result is an accident."
G A Clark, Aylestone.