Cyclist killed in collision with HGV on A68 was 24-year-old man from Darlington

The Northern Echo: THE A68 was closed at Burtree Gate near Darlington this morning after the fatal accident. It has now reopened. THE A68 was closed at Burtree Gate near Darlington this morning after the fatal accident. It has now reopened.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 24-year-old cyclist from Darlington was killed in a collision with a HGV this morning.

The man was wearing fluorescent clothing and riding a black mountain bike on the westbound carriageway of the A68 near Burtree Gate, near Darlington, when the collision occurred.

He was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the lorry, a 50-year-old man from Barnsley, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and is helping police with their enquiries.

Sergeant Jon Curtis of Durham’s road policing unit said: “I am keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision to come forward.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the cyclist who was wearing fluorescent clothing, riding a black mountain bike and travelling westbound on the A68 immediately prior to the incident.”

The collision happened at 8am this morning.

Anyone with any information can contact police on 101 and ask for the collision investigation unit.

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1:20pm Thu 9 Jan 14

miketually says...

My thoughts are with the family of the cyclist killed.

Sad to hear that the officer on the road block received verbal abuse for closing the road, and that he witnessed three near-collisions on the roundabout, doe to bad driving.
My thoughts are with the family of the cyclist killed. Sad to hear that the officer on the road block received verbal abuse for closing the road, and that he witnessed three near-collisions on the roundabout, doe to bad driving. miketually
  • Score: 64

1:52pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Yemen says...

very sad news.

i passed a cyclist at 7:30 near the A1 on the 68 this morning ... well lit with lights ...
very sad news. i passed a cyclist at 7:30 near the A1 on the 68 this morning ... well lit with lights ... Yemen
  • Score: 31

3:17pm Thu 9 Jan 14

johnny_p says...

Another road tragedy- very sad. My condolences to the cyclist's family and friends.
Another road tragedy- very sad. My condolences to the cyclist's family and friends. johnny_p
  • Score: 32

3:39pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Hunty1 says...

Very sad, have to say there are a lot of cyclists out and about at the moment, theres a lot around Bishopton back roads, Drivers take extra care as they ride in pairs across the road and don't move in on bend, patience required!
Very sad, have to say there are a lot of cyclists out and about at the moment, theres a lot around Bishopton back roads, Drivers take extra care as they ride in pairs across the road and don't move in on bend, patience required! Hunty1
  • Score: 12

4:35pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Mike2012 says...

Very sad whenever I see an article like this, as a keen cyclist this seems to be happening far too often, not saying it's the motorists fault etc but when your in a car you HAVE to realise the danger you represent to a cyclist, they have as much right to be on the road as ANYONE.

All a cyclist can do are to strictly adhere to the rules of the road.

Life is precious people :-)
Very sad whenever I see an article like this, as a keen cyclist this seems to be happening far too often, not saying it's the motorists fault etc but when your in a car you HAVE to realise the danger you represent to a cyclist, they have as much right to be on the road as ANYONE. All a cyclist can do are to strictly adhere to the rules of the road. Life is precious people :-) Mike2012
  • Score: 47

4:46pm Thu 9 Jan 14

theWorkerScum says...

Terrible news. I often comment how dangerous is it for cyclists to use the a6072 road that joins the road just before the accident as there is no room although this occurred on the dual carriageway. The road should have more lighting in my opinion.
Terrible news. I often comment how dangerous is it for cyclists to use the a6072 road that joins the road just before the accident as there is no room although this occurred on the dual carriageway. The road should have more lighting in my opinion. theWorkerScum
  • Score: 19

4:56pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

Yemen wrote:
very sad news.

i passed a cyclist at 7:30 near the A1 on the 68 this morning ... well lit with lights ...
An experiment on the News last night said irrespective of how well a cyclist is lit up they get no respect from the majority of motorists.
[quote][p][bold]Yemen[/bold] wrote: very sad news. i passed a cyclist at 7:30 near the A1 on the 68 this morning ... well lit with lights ...[/p][/quote]An experiment on the News last night said irrespective of how well a cyclist is lit up they get no respect from the majority of motorists. Jackaranda
  • Score: 35

5:20pm Thu 9 Jan 14

David Lacey says...

Terrible, terrible news. What a rotten start to the New Year it has been. My heart goes out to the family.
Terrible, terrible news. What a rotten start to the New Year it has been. My heart goes out to the family. David Lacey
  • Score: 26

5:32pm Thu 9 Jan 14

gazza_d says...

Really tragic and needless loss of a precious life. Heart goes out to the poor guys family.

Please take care everyone. Regardless of fault here, if you hit a cyclist with a vehicle they will come off worst. Slow down and look, lets not have any more tragedies like this
Really tragic and needless loss of a precious life. Heart goes out to the poor guys family. Please take care everyone. Regardless of fault here, if you hit a cyclist with a vehicle they will come off worst. Slow down and look, lets not have any more tragedies like this gazza_d
  • Score: 34

6:36pm Thu 9 Jan 14

temmer says...

Terrible news. I have resumed cycling to work recently in the darlington area after a break of 15 years. It's terrifying at times. Some motorists just don't look properly for cyclists, and in a month I've had several scary incidents, usually on north road.
Thoughts are with the family he left behind. Very sad x
Terrible news. I have resumed cycling to work recently in the darlington area after a break of 15 years. It's terrifying at times. Some motorists just don't look properly for cyclists, and in a month I've had several scary incidents, usually on north road. Thoughts are with the family he left behind. Very sad x temmer
  • Score: 23

6:47pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ben18120 says...

I witnessed the collision this morning and stayed with the cyclist until the emergency services arrived. I felt powerless as my mobile phone was flat and no one would stop to offer help. I was with this poor guy for 15 minutes with very heavy traffic passing us before a lady stopped to see if she could help and called the emergency services for me. What has society come to, motorist verbally attaching the police and not stopping to offer help in a road accident? Come on guys, this could have been your son, brother. nephew or father, and if so wouldn't you want/expect someone to stop and offer assistance? Shame on all that traffic that passed us this morning without bothering to give us a second glance, I truly hope this doesn't happen to you or someone you love.
I witnessed the collision this morning and stayed with the cyclist until the emergency services arrived. I felt powerless as my mobile phone was flat and no one would stop to offer help. I was with this poor guy for 15 minutes with very heavy traffic passing us before a lady stopped to see if she could help and called the emergency services for me. What has society come to, motorist verbally attaching the police and not stopping to offer help in a road accident? Come on guys, this could have been your son, brother. nephew or father, and if so wouldn't you want/expect someone to stop and offer assistance? Shame on all that traffic that passed us this morning without bothering to give us a second glance, I truly hope this doesn't happen to you or someone you love. ben18120
  • Score: 182

7:01pm Thu 9 Jan 14

dianemilbanke@sky.com says...

So glad that you were there Ben, so many heartless people. I drove along there before the accident as take hubby to Teesport, I must say they took their time to shut the road, it was almost nine when I returned back from Darlo direction and traffic management were just shutting the road from the A1 and so I diverted on to the A1 and through Newton Aycliffe, I heard later that the accident had happened at about 8. As a driver on that road, it wasn't good conditions on there this morning, chucking it down so loads of spray, so conditions may have contributed. Heart goes out to the cyclist's family
So glad that you were there Ben, so many heartless people. I drove along there before the accident as take hubby to Teesport, I must say they took their time to shut the road, it was almost nine when I returned back from Darlo direction and traffic management were just shutting the road from the A1 and so I diverted on to the A1 and through Newton Aycliffe, I heard later that the accident had happened at about 8. As a driver on that road, it wasn't good conditions on there this morning, chucking it down so loads of spray, so conditions may have contributed. Heart goes out to the cyclist's family dianemilbanke@sky.com
  • Score: 31

7:46pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jake Moss says...

We are the family of the cyclist and would like to say a big thank you to ben for kindness. i'm sorry I don't know what to say right now but thank you.
We are the family of the cyclist and would like to say a big thank you to ben for kindness. i'm sorry I don't know what to say right now but thank you. Jake Moss
  • Score: 104

7:57pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ashy5440 says...

ben is there any chance I can have your contact details please to pass onto the lads partner, she will more than likely want to thank you. he was a mate of mine thank you very much for what you did.
ben is there any chance I can have your contact details please to pass onto the lads partner, she will more than likely want to thank you. he was a mate of mine thank you very much for what you did. ashy5440
  • Score: 49

8:08pm Thu 9 Jan 14

emmamor says...

Thankyou Ben for staying with him x
Thankyou Ben for staying with him x emmamor
  • Score: 43

8:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

gillod says...

Very sad, thoughts are with the family who I'm sure are comforted by Bens actions.
Very sad, thoughts are with the family who I'm sure are comforted by Bens actions. gillod
  • Score: 28

8:15pm Thu 9 Jan 14

mille879 says...

It was my mam who rang the ambulance, she was on her way to work and came back to help. Why had no one else stopped? Well done to the other lady in the pink coat for stopping first as that caught my mams attention! very sad and our thoughts are with the family. R.I.P we will put flowers down on Saturday, hope to get a name soon x
It was my mam who rang the ambulance, she was on her way to work and came back to help. Why had no one else stopped? Well done to the other lady in the pink coat for stopping first as that caught my mams attention! very sad and our thoughts are with the family. R.I.P we will put flowers down on Saturday, hope to get a name soon x mille879
  • Score: 37

8:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

maclaren says...

ben18120 wrote:
I witnessed the collision this morning and stayed with the cyclist until the emergency services arrived. I felt powerless as my mobile phone was flat and no one would stop to offer help. I was with this poor guy for 15 minutes with very heavy traffic passing us before a lady stopped to see if she could help and called the emergency services for me. What has society come to, motorist verbally attaching the police and not stopping to offer help in a road accident? Come on guys, this could have been your son, brother. nephew or father, and if so wouldn't you want/expect someone to stop and offer assistance? Shame on all that traffic that passed us this morning without bothering to give us a second glance, I truly hope this doesn't happen to you or someone you love.
God bless you my friend people like you give me hope in human nature you are a true diamond the cyclist was related to me and I thank you.
[quote][p][bold]ben18120[/bold] wrote: I witnessed the collision this morning and stayed with the cyclist until the emergency services arrived. I felt powerless as my mobile phone was flat and no one would stop to offer help. I was with this poor guy for 15 minutes with very heavy traffic passing us before a lady stopped to see if she could help and called the emergency services for me. What has society come to, motorist verbally attaching the police and not stopping to offer help in a road accident? Come on guys, this could have been your son, brother. nephew or father, and if so wouldn't you want/expect someone to stop and offer assistance? Shame on all that traffic that passed us this morning without bothering to give us a second glance, I truly hope this doesn't happen to you or someone you love.[/p][/quote]God bless you my friend people like you give me hope in human nature you are a true diamond the cyclist was related to me and I thank you. maclaren
  • Score: 51

8:37pm Thu 9 Jan 14

miketually says...

I'm so glad that there are people who will bother to stop and help, so thank you to ben18120 and mille879's mam.

Again, commiserations to the family of the cyclist.
I'm so glad that there are people who will bother to stop and help, so thank you to ben18120 and mille879's mam. Again, commiserations to the family of the cyclist. miketually
  • Score: 35

8:44pm Thu 9 Jan 14

shadow35 says...

R.i.p mate you were a good lad. Thoughts r with your family. Xx
R.i.p mate you were a good lad. Thoughts r with your family. Xx shadow35
  • Score: 14

8:49pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Originalneilg says...

So sad.
So sad. Originalneilg
  • Score: 8

9:07pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ben18120 says...

ashy5440 wrote:
ben is there any chance I can have your contact details please to pass onto the lads partner, she will more than likely want to thank you. he was a mate of mine thank you very much for what you did.
Hi Ashy, my name is Benita, and can be contacted on facebook under Benita Carberry
[quote][p][bold]ashy5440[/bold] wrote: ben is there any chance I can have your contact details please to pass onto the lads partner, she will more than likely want to thank you. he was a mate of mine thank you very much for what you did.[/p][/quote]Hi Ashy, my name is Benita, and can be contacted on facebook under Benita Carberry ben18120
  • Score: 15

9:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ben18120 says...

mille879 wrote:
It was my mam who rang the ambulance, she was on her way to work and came back to help. Why had no one else stopped? Well done to the other lady in the pink coat for stopping first as that caught my mams attention! very sad and our thoughts are with the family. R.I.P we will put flowers down on Saturday, hope to get a name soon x
Hi Millie, I am the lady in the pink coat, my name is Benita and all I can say is thank god for your mam, she was very calm and so helpful.
[quote][p][bold]mille879[/bold] wrote: It was my mam who rang the ambulance, she was on her way to work and came back to help. Why had no one else stopped? Well done to the other lady in the pink coat for stopping first as that caught my mams attention! very sad and our thoughts are with the family. R.I.P we will put flowers down on Saturday, hope to get a name soon x[/p][/quote]Hi Millie, I am the lady in the pink coat, my name is Benita and all I can say is thank god for your mam, she was very calm and so helpful. ben18120
  • Score: 21

9:44pm Thu 9 Jan 14

johnny_p says...

Thank you very much to those who tried to help, and I hope those who drove passed and were abusive feel very shameful.

This story has really affected me. I was out last night on my bike lit up like a Christmas tree and wearing hi viz clothing and yet some drivers were passing so close their wing mirrors were near my elbow.

Please- lets all be more careful.
Thank you very much to those who tried to help, and I hope those who drove passed and were abusive feel very shameful. This story has really affected me. I was out last night on my bike lit up like a Christmas tree and wearing hi viz clothing and yet some drivers were passing so close their wing mirrors were near my elbow. Please- lets all be more careful. johnny_p
  • Score: 28

9:50pm Thu 9 Jan 14

vendy001 says...

asome
asome vendy001
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Jake Moss says...

Hi Benita, I am the cyclists cousin, my family would like to say a big thank you for staying with him and thanks to the other people that were there for him. It means a lot thanks.
Hi Benita, I am the cyclists cousin, my family would like to say a big thank you for staying with him and thanks to the other people that were there for him. It means a lot thanks. Jake Moss
  • Score: 25

9:53pm Thu 9 Jan 14

vendy001 says...

helo oh so sad
helo oh so sad vendy001
  • Score: 6

10:05pm Thu 9 Jan 14

maclaren says...

Ben 18120 and Millie 879 your mam you both deserve medals as big as frying pans thank you so much for what you tried to do today you tried to help which trust me means soooooo much
Ben 18120 and Millie 879 your mam you both deserve medals as big as frying pans thank you so much for what you tried to do today you tried to help which trust me means soooooo much maclaren
  • Score: 21

10:56pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ben18120 says...

Jake Moss wrote:
Hi Benita, I am the cyclists cousin, my family would like to say a big thank you for staying with him and thanks to the other people that were there for him. It means a lot thanks.
Hi Jake and Maclaren, please accept my sincere condolences for the lose of your loved one. My heart goes out to you and to your families. I only wish I could have done more xx
[quote][p][bold]Jake Moss[/bold] wrote: Hi Benita, I am the cyclists cousin, my family would like to say a big thank you for staying with him and thanks to the other people that were there for him. It means a lot thanks.[/p][/quote]Hi Jake and Maclaren, please accept my sincere condolences for the lose of your loved one. My heart goes out to you and to your families. I only wish I could have done more xx ben18120
  • Score: 17

11:09pm Thu 9 Jan 14

emmamor says...

benita we know someone cared and stayed it means a lot to us. and you did everything that you could x thankyou xxx
benita we know someone cared and stayed it means a lot to us. and you did everything that you could x thankyou xxx emmamor
  • Score: 14

11:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

ben18120 says...

theWorkerScum wrote:
Terrible news. I often comment how dangerous is it for cyclists to use the a6072 road that joins the road just before the accident as there is no room although this occurred on the dual carriageway. The road should have more lighting in my opinion.
I totally agree with you. I spoke to one of the police offices this afternoon and he told me that 6 cyclist have died on our roads in County Durham this year, bearing in mind it is only the 9th of January. Not only do we need more lighting on the roads, but we also need more cycle lanes, bigger and better signs to advise us of cyclist and more multi media education. The government are always pushing us to "Go Green", how much greener can you get then jumping on your bike? Cyclists are protecting the environment, it's about time we fully protect the cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]theWorkerScum[/bold] wrote: Terrible news. I often comment how dangerous is it for cyclists to use the a6072 road that joins the road just before the accident as there is no room although this occurred on the dual carriageway. The road should have more lighting in my opinion.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you. I spoke to one of the police offices this afternoon and he told me that 6 cyclist have died on our roads in County Durham this year, bearing in mind it is only the 9th of January. Not only do we need more lighting on the roads, but we also need more cycle lanes, bigger and better signs to advise us of cyclist and more multi media education. The government are always pushing us to "Go Green", how much greener can you get then jumping on your bike? Cyclists are protecting the environment, it's about time we fully protect the cyclists. ben18120
  • Score: 26

11:10pm Thu 9 Jan 14

maclaren says...

ben18120 wrote:
Jake Moss wrote:
Hi Benita, I am the cyclists cousin, my family would like to say a big thank you for staying with him and thanks to the other people that were there for him. It means a lot thanks.
Hi Jake and Maclaren, please accept my sincere condolences for the lose of your loved one. My heart goes out to you and to your families. I only wish I could have done more xx
You did much more than enough believe me thank you for what you did you took the time to stop and try to help which I cannot thank you enough in my eyes you are fantastic
[quote][p][bold]ben18120[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jake Moss[/bold] wrote: Hi Benita, I am the cyclists cousin, my family would like to say a big thank you for staying with him and thanks to the other people that were there for him. It means a lot thanks.[/p][/quote]Hi Jake and Maclaren, please accept my sincere condolences for the lose of your loved one. My heart goes out to you and to your families. I only wish I could have done more xx[/p][/quote]You did much more than enough believe me thank you for what you did you took the time to stop and try to help which I cannot thank you enough in my eyes you are fantastic maclaren
  • Score: 13

11:44pm Thu 9 Jan 14

tizzytizzy says...

My partner was one of the ambulance crew first on scene and we would like to send our condolances to the family of the cyclist
My partner was one of the ambulance crew first on scene and we would like to send our condolances to the family of the cyclist tizzytizzy
  • Score: 13

9:42am Fri 10 Jan 14

SosF-M says...

Very sad news, I really hope its not the young lad I see regularly cycling along there like a trooper. Always concerned for his welfare bt full of admiration for him.
Have to agree with the Police the driving standards were awful. I was approaching the scene and could see the emergency vehicles and indicated to pull out yet some idiot came bombing down the outside lane and refused to let me out. He didn't evn slow down for the sake of the emergency services. He got my horn and flas hing lights for which I apologise to those at the scene but not the driver.
Very sad news, I really hope its not the young lad I see regularly cycling along there like a trooper. Always concerned for his welfare bt full of admiration for him. Have to agree with the Police the driving standards were awful. I was approaching the scene and could see the emergency vehicles and indicated to pull out yet some idiot came bombing down the outside lane and refused to let me out. He didn't evn slow down for the sake of the emergency services. He got my horn and flas hing lights for which I apologise to those at the scene but not the driver. SosF-M
  • Score: 14

9:56am Fri 10 Jan 14

John Justice says...

This is an amazingly distressing and sad incident and like all posters my thoughts go out to the family of the cyclist and my thanks to those who stopped to help. However, it is also a tragic message that more needs to be done by the authorities to make cycling safer. Durham County Council have over the past year been promoting various travel options to get people to use modes of transport other than their cars to get to work. One part of the message heavily suggests cycling. This tragic incident highlights the need for local authorities to make as many roads as possible safer for cyclists before asking the public to "Get on their bikes". It is time for a massive public debate on the issue. This tragic death cannot just be consigned to the history books, like other cyclists deaths it needs to be a catalyst for tough positive action in terms of road safety for cyclists every where.
This is an amazingly distressing and sad incident and like all posters my thoughts go out to the family of the cyclist and my thanks to those who stopped to help. However, it is also a tragic message that more needs to be done by the authorities to make cycling safer. Durham County Council have over the past year been promoting various travel options to get people to use modes of transport other than their cars to get to work. One part of the message heavily suggests cycling. This tragic incident highlights the need for local authorities to make as many roads as possible safer for cyclists before asking the public to "Get on their bikes". It is time for a massive public debate on the issue. This tragic death cannot just be consigned to the history books, like other cyclists deaths it needs to be a catalyst for tough positive action in terms of road safety for cyclists every where. John Justice
  • Score: 16

12:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Cycling Scientist says...

Doing everything including shopping with my bike, I follow each accident report thoroughly to try to learn from it. Sadly, there are not much details in the report about what happened and what could have caused the accident. My condolences to the family and friends, and I am shocked as well about the attitude of the passing motorists. About more street lighting I am doubtful, as it seemed to be that the cyclist was wearing a high vis jacked and he had lights on the bike. About more cycle lanes, it depends on how they are made. Many of them are not made for the cyclist's favour and even more dangerous to be used than roads, as the cyclist is out of view for the motorist what can prove fatal on the next junction. Also cycle lanes around roundabouts are more dangerous if there are many junctions to cross and many motorists do not understand they have to use their indicators. A good example is the white line along the A177 from Coxhoe towards NetPark where the cyclist is still on the road but (psycholgically) separated from the motor traffic. I noticed that since this line has been drawn, motorist keep the correct distance. About bike safety, I have two red lights at the back so there is redundancy if one fails, and a spare front light for the same reason. I also use a wing mirror to observe the traffic from the back, what proves handy for right turns on busy roads. All this can reduce the risk, but mostly important is that motorists "think bike" !
Doing everything including shopping with my bike, I follow each accident report thoroughly to try to learn from it. Sadly, there are not much details in the report about what happened and what could have caused the accident. My condolences to the family and friends, and I am shocked as well about the attitude of the passing motorists. About more street lighting I am doubtful, as it seemed to be that the cyclist was wearing a high vis jacked and he had lights on the bike. About more cycle lanes, it depends on how they are made. Many of them are not made for the cyclist's favour and even more dangerous to be used than roads, as the cyclist is out of view for the motorist what can prove fatal on the next junction. Also cycle lanes around roundabouts are more dangerous if there are many junctions to cross and many motorists do not understand they have to use their indicators. A good example is the white line along the A177 from Coxhoe towards NetPark where the cyclist is still on the road but (psycholgically) separated from the motor traffic. I noticed that since this line has been drawn, motorist keep the correct distance. About bike safety, I have two red lights at the back so there is redundancy if one fails, and a spare front light for the same reason. I also use a wing mirror to observe the traffic from the back, what proves handy for right turns on busy roads. All this can reduce the risk, but mostly important is that motorists "think bike" ! Cycling Scientist
  • Score: 10

1:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hunty1 says...

Cycling Scientist wrote:
Doing everything including shopping with my bike, I follow each accident report thoroughly to try to learn from it. Sadly, there are not much details in the report about what happened and what could have caused the accident. My condolences to the family and friends, and I am shocked as well about the attitude of the passing motorists. About more street lighting I am doubtful, as it seemed to be that the cyclist was wearing a high vis jacked and he had lights on the bike. About more cycle lanes, it depends on how they are made. Many of them are not made for the cyclist's favour and even more dangerous to be used than roads, as the cyclist is out of view for the motorist what can prove fatal on the next junction. Also cycle lanes around roundabouts are more dangerous if there are many junctions to cross and many motorists do not understand they have to use their indicators. A good example is the white line along the A177 from Coxhoe towards NetPark where the cyclist is still on the road but (psycholgically) separated from the motor traffic. I noticed that since this line has been drawn, motorist keep the correct distance. About bike safety, I have two red lights at the back so there is redundancy if one fails, and a spare front light for the same reason. I also use a wing mirror to observe the traffic from the back, what proves handy for right turns on busy roads. All this can reduce the risk, but mostly important is that motorists "think bike" !
I'm fully in agreement with your comments and commend you on your safety awareness. I am not a cyclist anymore as I fear the traffic far too much. I would like to add though I do wish all cyclists took your advice and were able to be seen. A few months ago I witnessed a young girl riding her bike in between The Gretna Green and a small holding farm on route to Gt Stainton, the young girl had no relective material on only dressed for horse riding, she crossed in front on me and I managed an emergency stop, I was terrified and wanted to yell at her! since then I hate being anywhere near a cyclist and pray they keep safe.
[quote][p][bold]Cycling Scientist[/bold] wrote: Doing everything including shopping with my bike, I follow each accident report thoroughly to try to learn from it. Sadly, there are not much details in the report about what happened and what could have caused the accident. My condolences to the family and friends, and I am shocked as well about the attitude of the passing motorists. About more street lighting I am doubtful, as it seemed to be that the cyclist was wearing a high vis jacked and he had lights on the bike. About more cycle lanes, it depends on how they are made. Many of them are not made for the cyclist's favour and even more dangerous to be used than roads, as the cyclist is out of view for the motorist what can prove fatal on the next junction. Also cycle lanes around roundabouts are more dangerous if there are many junctions to cross and many motorists do not understand they have to use their indicators. A good example is the white line along the A177 from Coxhoe towards NetPark where the cyclist is still on the road but (psycholgically) separated from the motor traffic. I noticed that since this line has been drawn, motorist keep the correct distance. About bike safety, I have two red lights at the back so there is redundancy if one fails, and a spare front light for the same reason. I also use a wing mirror to observe the traffic from the back, what proves handy for right turns on busy roads. All this can reduce the risk, but mostly important is that motorists "think bike" ![/p][/quote]I'm fully in agreement with your comments and commend you on your safety awareness. I am not a cyclist anymore as I fear the traffic far too much. I would like to add though I do wish all cyclists took your advice and were able to be seen. A few months ago I witnessed a young girl riding her bike in between The Gretna Green and a small holding farm on route to Gt Stainton, the young girl had no relective material on only dressed for horse riding, she crossed in front on me and I managed an emergency stop, I was terrified and wanted to yell at her! since then I hate being anywhere near a cyclist and pray they keep safe. Hunty1
  • Score: 3

1:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

SosF-M wrote:
Very sad news, I really hope its not the young lad I see regularly cycling along there like a trooper. Always concerned for his welfare bt full of admiration for him.
Have to agree with the Police the driving standards were awful. I was approaching the scene and could see the emergency vehicles and indicated to pull out yet some idiot came bombing down the outside lane and refused to let me out. He didn't evn slow down for the sake of the emergency services. He got my horn and flas hing lights for which I apologise to those at the scene but not the driver.
Hang on before you start criticising, This "idiot" is very important, and having just started back to work on the 6th Jan after having the whole of Christmas off doesn't need grief from you!! These 9-5 Office wallahs can't be stopped no matter what. Cyclist really do need to be separated from motor vehicles and especially idiots like that driver.
[quote][p][bold]SosF-M[/bold] wrote: Very sad news, I really hope its not the young lad I see regularly cycling along there like a trooper. Always concerned for his welfare bt full of admiration for him. Have to agree with the Police the driving standards were awful. I was approaching the scene and could see the emergency vehicles and indicated to pull out yet some idiot came bombing down the outside lane and refused to let me out. He didn't evn slow down for the sake of the emergency services. He got my horn and flas hing lights for which I apologise to those at the scene but not the driver.[/p][/quote]Hang on before you start criticising, This "idiot" is very important, and having just started back to work on the 6th Jan after having the whole of Christmas off doesn't need grief from you!! These 9-5 Office wallahs can't be stopped no matter what. Cyclist really do need to be separated from motor vehicles and especially idiots like that driver. Jackaranda
  • Score: -5

2:03pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Cycling Scientist says...

@Hunty1: I agree there are some "stealth bombers" out there and cyclist who flout the traffic rules. Being cyclist myself, I get angry when I see that. However, it looks like in this accident an innocent cyclist has been killed who cared about traffic. One anecdote: After I got involved in an accident in Durham City many years ago (flew over a car bonnet, car suddenly pulled out of a side lane, overtaking another car waiting there), to gap the time until the insurance claim got settled, I bought another cheap bike. When I asked for lights for it, the vendor said I do not need this as there were reflectors at the front and back ! If this attitude hits newbie cyclists, they may think only carrying reflectors is okay. In Germany, where I originate from, police is very tough and cyclist without working lights get fined. I heard they just started to stop cyclists in Newcastle, not (yet) fining them but talking about it. In Germany, at primary school we made a "cycling driver's license" which was of course not a legal document but we kids learnt the traffic rules and had to do a test around the school. Here in the UK I was astonished that kids are not even allowed to cycle to school, being forced to take the bus. I wonder if this "avoidance therapy" helps to create a generation of skillful and law abiding cyclists. But as mentioned, a assume right now the cyclist involved was skilled and innocent. Comparing the situation between Germany and the UK, my feeling is that motorist are more caring to each other here in the UK, but not used to bicycles too much. Maybe the hilly landscape here in the north east is part of the problem, giving rise to fewer cyclists and reducing the awareness of them.
@Hunty1: I agree there are some "stealth bombers" out there and cyclist who flout the traffic rules. Being cyclist myself, I get angry when I see that. However, it looks like in this accident an innocent cyclist has been killed who cared about traffic. One anecdote: After I got involved in an accident in Durham City many years ago (flew over a car bonnet, car suddenly pulled out of a side lane, overtaking another car waiting there), to gap the time until the insurance claim got settled, I bought another cheap bike. When I asked for lights for it, the vendor said I do not need this as there were reflectors at the front and back ! If this attitude hits newbie cyclists, they may think only carrying reflectors is okay. In Germany, where I originate from, police is very tough and cyclist without working lights get fined. I heard they just started to stop cyclists in Newcastle, not (yet) fining them but talking about it. In Germany, at primary school we made a "cycling driver's license" which was of course not a legal document but we kids learnt the traffic rules and had to do a test around the school. Here in the UK I was astonished that kids are not even allowed to cycle to school, being forced to take the bus. I wonder if this "avoidance therapy" helps to create a generation of skillful and law abiding cyclists. But as mentioned, a assume right now the cyclist involved was skilled and innocent. Comparing the situation between Germany and the UK, my feeling is that motorist are more caring to each other here in the UK, but not used to bicycles too much. Maybe the hilly landscape here in the north east is part of the problem, giving rise to fewer cyclists and reducing the awareness of them. Cycling Scientist
  • Score: 6

6:22pm Fri 10 Jan 14

anoldfriend says...

Rip u are gonna leave a huge whole in everyone's hearts. U were such a good friend back in the day. I hope ur looking down on ur 3 babies and ur sister to, she's missing u like crazy. I hope the person responsible gets what he deserves. If someone had bothered to stop sooner maybe u would still be here and ur 3 kids would still have their dad. R.i.p mate I'm gonna miss ya xxx
Rip u are gonna leave a huge whole in everyone's hearts. U were such a good friend back in the day. I hope ur looking down on ur 3 babies and ur sister to, she's missing u like crazy. I hope the person responsible gets what he deserves. If someone had bothered to stop sooner maybe u would still be here and ur 3 kids would still have their dad. R.i.p mate I'm gonna miss ya xxx anoldfriend
  • Score: 6

9:36pm Fri 10 Jan 14

katn18 says...

I have a horrible feeling this was the cyclist ive driven past a few times on the way to work and it makes me feel so upset despite never having met him. My boyfriend cycles to work and i worry every time he leaves. I drove past the accident at about 8.10 when the emergency services were already there but road not yet closed and I had this horrible gut feeling it was a cyclist. I wish to god I had been driving to work 10 minures earlier so I could have stopped to help the lady with the flat phone so he would have got help earlier. That thought is really getting to me. So sorry for the family xx
I have a horrible feeling this was the cyclist ive driven past a few times on the way to work and it makes me feel so upset despite never having met him. My boyfriend cycles to work and i worry every time he leaves. I drove past the accident at about 8.10 when the emergency services were already there but road not yet closed and I had this horrible gut feeling it was a cyclist. I wish to god I had been driving to work 10 minures earlier so I could have stopped to help the lady with the flat phone so he would have got help earlier. That thought is really getting to me. So sorry for the family xx katn18
  • Score: 8

8:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes says...

At the risk of highjacking this thread, if you are driving and come upon a cyclist make sure it is safe to pass. Do not squeeze past and do not feel that you cannot slow down because there is a car behind you. Pass wide and do not swerve back in. Slowing down to the pace of the cyclist until it is safe to pass will not make your journey longer, and if a driver behind you takes umbrage at you being courteous to a cyclist thats their problem.

My thoughts and deepest sympathies to this poor lad and his family. RIP.
At the risk of highjacking this thread, if you are driving and come upon a cyclist make sure it is safe to pass. Do not squeeze past and do not feel that you cannot slow down because there is a car behind you. Pass wide and do not swerve back in. Slowing down to the pace of the cyclist until it is safe to pass will not make your journey longer, and if a driver behind you takes umbrage at you being courteous to a cyclist thats their problem. My thoughts and deepest sympathies to this poor lad and his family. RIP. theartistformallyknownasoutragedofmiltonkeynes
  • Score: 3

12:22pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Cycling Scientist says...

@theartistformallykn
ownasoutragedofmilto
nkeynes (what a name - used cut an paste), I agree to 100%. The minimum distance to a cyclist should be 1m (or about 3 feet in old money), as cyclists may wobble or swerve to avoid a pothole and they are subject to air pressure effects as well especially when large vehicles are passing them. Ironically, when I have my bike trailer on for my shopping trips, motorists are suddenly significantly more careful despite of the fact the trailer is not wider than my handlebar, so not increasing the cross section. Must be psychology, either because the bike just looks wider with the trailer on or because a bike with trailer is a very rare thing on the roads.
@theartistformallykn ownasoutragedofmilto nkeynes (what a name - used cut an paste), I agree to 100%. The minimum distance to a cyclist should be 1m (or about 3 feet in old money), as cyclists may wobble or swerve to avoid a pothole and they are subject to air pressure effects as well especially when large vehicles are passing them. Ironically, when I have my bike trailer on for my shopping trips, motorists are suddenly significantly more careful despite of the fact the trailer is not wider than my handlebar, so not increasing the cross section. Must be psychology, either because the bike just looks wider with the trailer on or because a bike with trailer is a very rare thing on the roads. Cycling Scientist
  • Score: 1

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