I am writing in response to your story about teenager Taron Stead getting knocked off his bicycle in Sheffield.
I was first knocked off mine when I was 17. I’ve ridden (indeed raced) over the Snake Pass to Sheffield and thereabouts on training rides, many times.
Now aged 66, my collision total is now 13 – including one with a dog and one when another cyclist ran into the back of me when a horse was spooked.
The worst collision left me with life-threatening head injuries – I was pretty much house-bound and unable to drive or cycle for close on two years. Getting back on my bicycle was terrifying – it still is.
I’m a member of RoadPeace and write letters to the media and the Government – my way of campaigning for safer roads for cycling.
Britain has such complicated and varied roads and terrain totally different to Holland, so segregated cycle lanes for us would be wholly inappropriate.
My strategy for safer cycling, therefore, would be for all drivers to take the cycling proficiency test, Bikeability. Certainly drivers who run into cyclists should be made to take it – along with their children – in the case of the motorist who hit Taron Stead.
Apparently, around one million children have now been put through the government-sponsored ‘cycling proficiency for the 21st Century’ cycle training course.
Sadly, no matter how capable a cyclist is they can never be safe while we have heartless ‘idiots’ on the road like the one who hit Taron Stead.
With only one per cent of the annual 20,000 (UK) cycling casualties solely due to cyclist error, myself, Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling coach Shane Sutton are prime examples as proof of this.
Radcliffe Moor Road, Radcliffe, M26