Off'ed by a child

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by walker, 4 Feb 2008.

  1. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I was making my way in this morning when no more than 100 yards a school kid on a BMX decides to just cross the road without looking.
    I was doing a fair 23mph and he just went flying, somehow I managed to stay on the bike but suffered a puncture.

    decided to cut my loses and just head home and get the train this morning.
  2. PrettyboyTim

    PrettyboyTim New Member

    Sorry to hear it!

    Was the kid all right?
  3. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Bad luck there, walker.
    Did you check up on the kid? I hope so.
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    I avoided a similar collision last year - kid on a BMX came shooting out of a passageway into my path on the road (no lights, but accompanied by his Dad). I suggested to the Dad that it was;

    a) Lucky I wasn't a car
    :laugh: He might want to sort junior our with some lights if he's going to ride on the road.

    The particular stretch of road is a fairly quiet residential street, so I don't go flat out on it (good job too). Glad you're ok Walker - hope the kid was too (and will look first next time).
  5. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I really young kid - ran out on me once - why - because i was soo quiet (whilst riding): I warned him enough to shock him but not enough to totally destroy him. Though I hope the next time he decided to RUN out into the road he LOOKED 1st.

    If they kid was old enough I wouldnt have held back with some 'straight talk' - which is very much missing in todays society !

    Why do I sense someones going to pull me on that last statement ????????
  6. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Anyone had a near miss with a kid that ran out, and then been yelled at by a parent for it?
  7. OP

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I did yell at the kid but only to say that if I had been a car he would of been dead. He did get up and in my anger I made him say sorry. He seemed ok to cycle off into the sunset so I think he is fine. At least till the Xray tell's him otherwise
  8. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I was, in my case, waiting for the kids mother or father - but no one appeared.
  9. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Near my kids school I've noticed parents thinking its only a bike it doesn't matter ... luckily I'm always doing less than 10 mph ... cos its very narrow (parked up with Mummy's car dropping off her darlings within 10 meters of the door), and I like to annoy all the parents who insist on driving that close to the school:evil:.
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    same rules for bikes as cars when passing a school

    never mind the mums
  11. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    I've run into a kid - like you say a few hundred yards from home - bumped his bike - he was swerving all over. Just a bump, and I reminded him that if I was a car....blah...blah.

    Lots of children where I live now, so you have to be extra careful, in a car or bike - only had one near miss when a little child came running out - managed to stop, and just told them 'If I had been a car....' - they don't look properly, I'm always trying to drill it into my son when he's pedalling up and down the close.
  12. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    S Yorks
    Driving on a residential road last night.

    Road curves suddenly to the right.
    Middle of the road, coming towards me, Dad & his son (8ish) and daughter (10ish). All on bikes, not a light between 'em......
  13. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Are you SURE?

    You're absolutely SURE you were doing 23mph? There's not a slim chance it could possibly have been 19mph?

  14. threefingerjoe

    threefingerjoe Über Member

    St. Louis, MO, USA
    really have to watch for the kiddies playing in front gardens, also. Many moons ago, I was coming down a hill, passing a hedgerow, (going fast enough to have fun!) and suddenly a ball came into the street through the hedge...followed by a big Labrador Retriever! I broadsided the dog, and did an end-over. Flattened the side of my helmet, and put my lights out for just a few seconds. Little kiddie was playing with the dog, and threw the ball into the street.
  15. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    I did that, only to a Rhodesian Ridgeback. I also came off worst, the dog just stood there, blinking at me in a kind of "what was that?" way.
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