Cyclist down Cannon St- London Bridge Friday

Discussion in 'Advocacy and Cycling Safety' started by spindrift, 7 Jun 2008.

  1. spindrift

    spindrift New Member

    Anyone heard anything? reported that a cyclist going the same way as the bus was motionles under the front bumper.
  2. OP

    spindrift New Member

    11 June 2008
    A CYCLIST suffered horrific injuries and may lose his leg after being struck by
    a lorry in a horror collision at "the most dangerous junction in Islington".
    The 30-year-old was hit by a heavy goods vehicle at Old Street Roundabout in
    Finsbury during the height of rush hour yesterday (Wednesday) morning. He was
    taken to the Royal Free Hospital with leg wounds that police describe as
    "potentially life changing." Traffic jams went back to the Angel and Pentonville
    The Gazette has previously reported that cyclists view the roundabout as a death
    trap - with a cyclist left paralysed after
    breaking his back at the spot two months ago. The latest accident has led to
    fresh calls for action before someone is killed.
    John Ackers, of Islington Cyclists' Action Group, said: "This is a horrific
    injury. We are very sorry for the cyclist and hope that he fully recovers. It is
    definitely one of the most dangerous junctions in Islington - I can't think of
    any roundabout that is more dangerous. There are three lanes of traffic and it
    is very difficult for cyclists to move between them. Any measure to reduce
    traffic speed and volume on the roundabout would make it safer."
    Local councillor George Allan, a keen cyclist, said: "I am deeply sorry to hear
    of another cyclist being hit. We must hope this gentleman survives his injuries
    and fully recovers. Lucky is probably not the word - any collision between a
    lorry and a cyclist is extremely serious."
    He added: "The roundabout was made much safer about four years ago by the
    introduction of traffic lights and advanced stopping lines for cyclists. But
    there is an irreducible minimum of risk at the roundabout and I hope TfL will
    look at what more can be done."
    A police spokeswoman said: "We were called to an accident at 7.50am to a
    collision between a lorry and a pedal cyclist. A 30-year-old man was taken to
    hospital with potential life changing but not life threatening injuries." A TfL
    spokesman said: "We are always looking to improve safety for cyclists. It is one
    of our top priorities.
  3. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Nasty, let's hope he doesn't lose his leg.
  4. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Guru

  5. OP

    spindrift New Member

  6. gazzaputt

    gazzaputt New Member

    Bexley, Kent
    Agree Spindrift she'd have had a large dent in the rear.
  7. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    I've been using Old Street for quite a few years now.
    As long as I stop at the reds I've never found it dangerous at all...IMO...
    Anyway...hope this guy recovers as best he can... :rolleyes:
  8. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    I meant Old Street roundabout...
  9. OP

    spindrift New Member

    he was under the front of the lorry, hard to see what happened, possibly the driver missed him and pulled out, it's not clear.

    "Life-changing accident" is a truly chilling euphemism for the agony of losing a leg.
  10. mootaineer

    mootaineer New Member

    One thing I do find is that many of these "advanced stopping lines" are a joke because you just can't get to them. Lorries, WVM, buses etc seem to use as much space as they need so if you're not out ahead of them to start with it's often not easy to get to these areas. :rolleyes:
  11. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    Old Street roundabout is the only place I've ever been off-ed by a car; and he didn't stop. Left me bleeding in the road... for following cars to hoot at!

    In itself, it's not a dangerous place but the speeds people can come around there at are dangerous... especially for those wanting to join the roundabout.
  12. CotterPin

    CotterPin Senior Member

    If there is one thing that gets me mad it is that "staring straight ahead, la-la-la, I'm in my own little cocoon" look that many drivers effect seconds after they have nearly taken your life.

  13. OP

    spindrift New Member

    Old Street incident:

    hi guys. it was me. i was riding from east to west, hoxton way straight over the roundabout. was in correct lane when said container truck behind me chaneged lanes to go down moorgae way. hit me frombehind, bike went upon to his grill as my legs wentunder hiscab,followed by my bjke after it fell off his grill.

    legs okay, ish. miracuklously no broken bones apart from big toe. wheels went over legs between ancles and knees, othereise culd have been a differnt story. had first op of plstics last night, got a few more to go.

    thsnk you so much for the thread, andto everyone that knows me both on here and in real life im doing well. shoukd be out in a coule of weeks maybe. sorry forthe crap typing - doing it from the hospital bedand their little keyb oard thngs are shiut!!!!
  14. Riding in Circles

    Riding in Circles Veteran

    Ouch! I think 5 cyclists have been killed so far this year in London and 4 of them were killed by goods vehicles, sounds like you were incredibly lucky and the truck driver should be strung up by his nether regions.

    Heal quick.
  15. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Spindrift is quoting the guy in the London fixed and single-speed forum.
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