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Cycling Paramedics

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by starseven, 31 Oct 2007.

  1. starseven

    starseven Guest

    Whilst surfing you tube I also spotted these Cycling Paramedics, was it a bit of publicity or are they still in business??
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    They had one in Birmingham but I think he's gone, or going soon. It's a nice idea, but not practical. Motorbikes work better.
     
  3. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    There was one on last Friday's CM. They're very effective in London.
     
  4. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    see them all the time in London. Good for close by call outs, anything over 8 miles and there not that great
     
  5. Carwash

    Carwash Señor Member

    Location:
    Visby
    There were some active in York I think (c.3 years ago), but I've not seen them since I came back - are they still about? Arch? Mickle?
     
  6. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    Saw at least a couple in Manchester in the summer, not sure if they're still deployed or not.
     
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    One had left his bike unlocked while popping into a shop on Bishopsgate the other day, I had a fleeting thought of nicking it but then the moment was gone!
     
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK

    Yes they are. It was a cycle paramedic first on the scene when I last had to call for an ambulance. He was with me within 2 minutes, the van turning up after about 5. Sadly, too late already, but somehow the bike connection was a tiny, tiny comfort and distraction.
     
  9. johnr

    johnr Über Member

    I think the St John's Ambulance have their own cycle crew who worked their magic during the London bit of the TdF.
     
  10. rob_mcp

    rob_mcp New Member

    I'll ask the one in Aylesbury next time I see him!
     
  11. Alcdrew

    Alcdrew Senior Member

    Location:
    UK
    I saw one doing a show type thing in Milton Keynes the other day. Never seen one working.
     
  12. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    Surely that's a good thing! :blush:
     
  13. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    They are often to be seen patrolling the centre of York. I saw one once, looking embarrassed, because the rain had got into his two-tone and shorted it, and it was making all sorts of odd whines and funny noises...
     
  14. Bokonon

    Bokonon Über Member

    There is, or was (I haven't seen any recently,) a couple in Leeds. Apparently very fast at getting to incidents in heavy traffic, though that isn't really surprising.

    The bikes were equipped with a fairly loud ambulance-sounding siren and a totally ineffective flashing blue LED lamp. I once observed a paramedic trying to ride through a junction against a red light whilst on 'blues and twos.' It appeared that drivers could hear the siren and were being a little cautious, but as they could not see an emergency vehicle were proceeding anyway (as would be their right, as they had the green light) and treating the hi-viz cyclist as any other RLJer.
     
  15. atbman

    atbman Über Member

    Leeds still operating