Injured rider wants better safety signs

Catchline: CYCLISTEB''Cyclist Alan Knott is calling for more safety measures on a busy Sheffield road after he was knocked down.
Catchline: CYCLISTEB''Cyclist Alan Knott is calling for more safety measures on a busy Sheffield road after he was knocked down.
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A CYCLIST who was hospitalised after being knocked down in an crash is calling for more signs on a busy Sheffield road.

Alan Knott was left with concussion and injuries to the right of his body when a driver turned left straight across him.

The crash happened while he was riding in the cycle lane in Queen’s Road near the B&Q store.

He was unable to avoid smashing into the Ford Focus.

The driver claimed she had not seen Alan, even though he was wearing flashing lights, a helmet and bright clothing.

Now he has been forced to give up cycling to work, which he loves and has done for years, because he fears he will be hit again.

Alan, aged 59, of Oak Close, Sothall, said: “You have near misses every day as a cyclist.

“I still have physiotherapy now after the crash in November.

“I have tried to cycle since but I have stopped at the moment because I can’t cope with the traffic.

“What car drivers need to be aware of is if you have a little accident in a car you will walk away. On a bike you might not.

“Now my wife has bought me a car, because she can live with my bike coming home in a box, but she doesn’t want the same to happen to me.”

Mr Knott, a mechanic and sales assistant at Edinburgh Cycles, in Broadfield Road, Heeley, Sheffield, has requested Sheffield Council to erect more signs in Queen’s Road.

He said: “I think the council needs to make drivers more aware that cyclists are using the road and need a little more space.”

A council spokesman said: “Keeping people safe on our city’s roads is a key priority for us.

“However, road users do have to take responsibility for their own safety, and that of others on the road.

“Any request for additional advisory signage can be made to the relevant community assembly for consideration.

“However, I urge everyone using Sheffield’s roads to stay safe, observe the highway code and look out for others.”