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Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

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Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

In a BBC report details are given of a telephone pole left in a newly expanded cycle path. A cyclist failed to notice the pole and cycled into it and is complaining.
What has happen to watching where you are riding?
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Re: Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

How long before a motorist gets the blame for it Wink
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Re: Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

It was the motorist's fault:
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"pretty much blinded by on-coming headlights"

Cheesy
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Re: Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

Of course the cause was a HGV which delivered the pole originally for installation.
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Re: Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

How come cyclists are not given the same consideration as motorists? Do you think they would have considered for a nano-second leaving a dirty great pole in the middle of the road without loads of warning signs and traffic cones around it with (at night) flashing yellow lights?
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How come cyclists are not given the same consideration as motorists? Do you think they would have considered for a nano-second leaving a dirty great pole in the middle of the road without loads of warning signs and traffic cones around it with (at night) flashing yellow lights?

"cos the cyclist don't pay road tax init"
that will be the final word about it in the end.......because its well true they don't despite the fact you would need several million cyclists to cause the same amount of surface degradation as a few cars......
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How come cyclists are not given the same consideration as motorists? Do you think they would have considered for a nano-second leaving a dirty great pole in the middle of the road without loads of warning signs and traffic cones around it with (at night) flashing yellow lights?

May be because it is a path being transformed into a split path and cycle lane and it's still work in-progress. So the cyclist was riding on a path.
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Shocked If it was dark, there were dazzling headlights from vehicles and, the path was slippy from the smush of fallen leaves, then yes you might go pole dancing. I suspect the yellow shirts who did the path knew there was a potential problem but, it was more than their jobsworth to paint the pole white becuase they were working for someone else who wasn't anything to do with the people who have nothing to do with the people who have something to do with the third party people who used to have something to do with the pole...
I suspect any cyclist would have a case for compensation if they can prove that the council failed in it's duty of care when it came to the negligent placement of a designated cycle lane around an existing obstruction. But then there's no compensation like watching where you're going, all of the time, which is what you have to do on a two wheels.
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Re: Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

From the original link:
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...as well as two cones.

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"It needs a proper barrier around it, because it's going to be there for quite a while before BT can move it."

So, adding further obstacles will help to solve the problem then?? Grin
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"pretty much blinded by on-coming headlights"

Looking at the picture it seems a wide road and I can't see how oncoming traffic could blind someone near the pole. Seems like an excuse Wink

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"pretty much blinded by on-coming headlights"

Looking at the picture it seems a wide road and I can't see how oncoming traffic could blind someone near the pole. Seems like an excuse Wink


It would appear that you have not done much night time cycling,especially when raining.
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It would appear that you have not done much night time cycling,especially when raining.
Or when motorists don't dip their headlights.
Worst case I had when cycling along an unlit country road was a car parked facing me with the headlights on full - I couldn't see a thing past him
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Re: Cyclist collides with a telephone pole

Just goes to show motorists are not often at fault, of course he was not wearing a helmet. As if that would have helped!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511334/Author-killed-cycled-country-road-female-driver-dazz...;
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He was airlifted to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital but died of a severe head injury the same day.

At least a helmet might have made his head injuries less severe and may even have saved his life.