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Cyclist seriously injured after rush-hour incident involving coach minutes after lorry killed pedestrian nearby in East London

The Daily Mail yesterday warned of a rise in the number of pedestrians injured in collisions involving a cyclist on a day when two incidents during rush hour in London showed starkly that both are vulnerable types of road users – with a female cyclist dying of injuries sustained after being dragged under a coach, and a pedestrian killed by a lorry.

The two incidents happened 15 minutes apart and within a mile of each other. Earlier on Monday morning 30-year-old Anita Szucs had been killed as she rode her bike home from work in Edmonton, with the driver of the vehicle that hit her failing to stop.

> Two London cyclists killed - one in hit and run, another after being hit by coach

Those are just three incidents from one day in one city, but in the past week alone, dozens of newspaper reports across the country tell of people on foot or on bike whose lives have been cut short or irrevocably changed due to injury caused by the actions of someone behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

The Mail’s article was based on analysis of Department for Transport (DfT) road casualty statistics by data analysis company Mapmechanics. It starts by saying, “The number of accidents between cyclists and pedestrians has soared by almost 50 per cent in seven years.

"One crash on pavements or roads now takes place every day as the number of cyclists increases. The total number of accidents rose to 408 in 2015, according to official figures, a significant jump from the 274 in 2009."

Collisions between cyclists and pedestrians can happen in a variety of locations, and for a number of reasons – anyone cycling on a road in a city will have had someone step out in front of them without looking, for example – although the focus in this type of article always seems to come down to the perceived danger caused by people cycling on the pavement.

The Mail flagged that up too. Despite official figures including pedestrians injured in a collision with a cyclist while crossing the road, for example, it highlights the initiative by police in London not to fine cyclists riding on the pavement in Primrose Hill but to find out why they feel unsafe riding on the road.

That approach is in fact in line with longstanding Home Office guidance repeated more recently by the DfT, that fixed penalty notices should only be issued in such circumstances when the person riding on the pavement is doing so inconsiderately, or is causing a danger to others.

Sam Jones of the charity Cycling UK was quoted in the Mail’s article, saying “We appreciate the concern but we cannot agree [pavement cycling] is the danger many believe it must be.”

We took a look at the numbers from the DfT’s Reported Road Casualties Great Britain Report for 2015 to put them into context.

In that year, of 406 collisions in which a cyclist and someone on foot was involved – slightly lower than the Mail’s 408, possibly due to subsequent database updates – two pedestrians were killed and 100 seriously injured. The other 304 sustained slight injuries.

There were more incidents involving most other types of vehicle – 16,415 involving cars, for example, leaving 3,433 pedestrians seriously injured and 212 dead.

And even when the total number of casualties was lower, the outcome could be significantly different. There were 381 pedestrian casualties involving a heavy goods vehicle, with 105 seriously injured – but 44 people lost their lives.

One point that seldom gets mentioned when it comes to perception of conflict between cyclists and pedestrians is that it is not in a bike rider’s interests to crash in the first place.

The same statistics show that in 2015, 107 cyclists were injured following a collision with a pedestrian – 18 of those seriously.

That point wasn’t mentioned in a follow-up piece today on the Daily Mail’s website written by Brendan O’Neill and which uses those figures published yesterday for a verbal assault on cyclists that, even by the newspaper’s standards, is as vitriolic in its rhetoric as it is ignorant of the facts.

The headline alone, and the bullet points that follow it, should give you reason enough to steer clear.

 Is ANYWHERE safe from the lycra louts? They've got cycle lanes galore. But now they're on pavements and jumping lights - and mowing down pedestrians

  • Smug cyclists are far more likely to send your blood boiling then other motorists 
  • There's been a 50 per cent rise in pedestrian accidents in the last seven years
  • A growing common sense among bikers is that cyclists should rule the road 
  • Their arrogant attitude isn't helped by officials who pander to them

Maybe we should do a Spinal Tap and turn the headline of our article linked below up to 11?

> 10 of the most hysterical anti-cycling Daily Mail headlines

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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StoopidUserName [355 posts] 9 months ago
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They don't believe the shit they print, not for one second. They do however, happily take a wage for spreading misinformation and hatred.

 

Yes the owners/editors etc are awful people, but so are the so called journalists who agreed to write this.

 

Utter scum.

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I love my bike [211 posts] 9 months ago
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From this morning:

The number of people in Britain caught driving while already banned has increased by 7.5%, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.

Some 14,500 people were caught driving without a licence last year, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency data shows.

In total, 109,660 motorists were banned from driving, with the youngest being 12 and the oldest 94.

Puts drivers' stone throwing in perspective!

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cjwebb [40 posts] 9 months ago
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Would be great to see Smartphone adoption and Pedestrian vs Cyclist incident to see if there is a correlation.

Most near misses I have with Peds (given how I don't cycle on footpaths but to use shared paths) is where the sleepwalker is not able to walk in a straight line and cannot hear my bell/call.

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FatBoyW [239 posts] 9 months ago
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It is truly shocking to see such rubbish being spouted by supposed real media - surely there should be a law that this type of hatred based on nothing at all could prevent/defend people from?

 

Disgusting and disturbing

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burtthebike [1183 posts] 9 months ago
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Just posted this on the Mail web article:

    "Smug cyclists are far more likely to send your blood boiling then other motorists
    There's been a 50 per cent rise in pedestrian accidents in the last seven years
    A growing common sense among bikers is that cyclists should rule the road
    Their arrogant attitude isn't helped by officials who pander to them"

How fortunate that you didn't prejudge anything and reached your conclusions without a hint of bias.  Possibly the most misinformed, inaccurate and bizarre article in the Mail ever, and that's a pretty high bar.  Were you using the same alternative facts system as Trump?

The quote is from the start and it doesn't get any better.  Sheer unadulterated drivel, which will justify some drivers in their awful behaviour, totally irresponsible.

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davel [1862 posts] 9 months ago
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So, with 40x the incidents and 100x the deaths, when will see see proportionate demonisation of the real enemy of the pedestrian from the likes of the Fail? When they give up the fake news and alternative facts?

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brooksby [2637 posts] 9 months ago
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I read that article, and the comments on it.  I think I may need to have a shower, now...

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LastBoyScout [307 posts] 9 months ago
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The bit that got me was this:

"One crash on pavements or roads now takes place every day as the number of cyclists increases."

The inference being that it is purely down to the increasing number of cyclists and nothing whatsoever to do with increasing numbers of pedestrians, or the actions (or lack thereof) of the pedestrians.

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burtthebike [1183 posts] 9 months ago
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LastBoyScout wrote:

The bit that got me was this:

"One crash on pavements or roads now takes place every day as the number of cyclists increases."

The inference being that it is purely down to the increasing number of cyclists and nothing whatsoever to do with increasing numbers of pedestrians, or the actions (or lack thereof) of the pedestrians.

You're right of course, and any increase probably has more to do with texting and mobile using pedestrians than any action by cyclists.

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Housecathst [604 posts] 9 months ago
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I dream of waking up in a world where all daily mail readers have abducted by aliens never to return. 

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Ush [1003 posts] 9 months ago
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I would:

a) not read it  (page clicks from irritated cyclists are sold to advertisers which in turn drives more of the same articles)

b) realize that if the author is the same Brendan O'Neill from spiked-online then he's probably being irritatingly contrarian and trying to imagine what the "common man" feels about cycling

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brooksby [2637 posts] 9 months ago
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burtthebike wrote:
LastBoyScout wrote:

The bit that got me was this:

"One crash on pavements or roads now takes place every day as the number of cyclists increases."

The inference being that it is purely down to the increasing number of cyclists and nothing whatsoever to do with increasing numbers of pedestrians, or the actions (or lack thereof) of the pedestrians.

You're right of course, and any increase probably has more to do with texting and mobile using pedestrians than any action by cyclists.

I'm probably just showing my age, but when did it become acceptable to walk through a (relatively) crowded pedestrian area looking down at your phone and assuming that everyone else would watch out for you and get out of your way?

You're all quite right that far too many pedestrians now seem to work on only their sense of hearing when crossing the road ("Can I hear a motor? If no, then walk out into the road").

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handlebarcam [1054 posts] 9 months ago
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FatBoyW wrote:

It is truly shocking to see such rubbish being spouted by supposed real media - surely there should be a law that this type of hatred based on nothing at all could prevent/defend people from?

There are laws. None of them stopped the Daily Heil and its ilk from feeding their readers a steady diet of bullshit bendy bananas stories for the last few decades. Get ready, once Brexit is completed, labour and safety laws are gutted, and the transition to being a vassal state of Trump's America is safely under way, the reactionary press will be able to turn even more of their attention our way.

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ClubSmed [415 posts] 9 months ago
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Reading the comments on the article actually got me thinking about bike registration. There are lots of people calling for bikes to be registered so that perpetrators of accidents can be identified, which is idiocy. However, it might as a byproduct reduce bike thefts because they have to be registered and have unique frame numbers.
Just a thought that occurred to me.

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OldRidgeback [2813 posts] 9 months ago
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burtthebike wrote:

Just posted this on the Mail web article:

    "Smug cyclists are far more likely to send your blood boiling then other motorists
    There's been a 50 per cent rise in pedestrian accidents in the last seven years
    A growing common sense among bikers is that cyclists should rule the road
    Their arrogant attitude isn't helped by officials who pander to them"

How fortunate that you didn't prejudge anything and reached your conclusions without a hint of bias.  Possibly the most misinformed, inaccurate and bizarre article in the Mail ever, and that's a pretty high bar.  Were you using the same alternative facts system as Trump?

The quote is from the start and it doesn't get any better.  Sheer unadulterated drivel, which will justify some drivers in their awful behaviour, totally irresponsible.

 

The most misinformed, inaccurate and bizarre articles ever in the Daily Mail would've been those supporting Hitler and Mussolini prior to WWII.

But yes, the article you refer to is a load of cack.

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OldRidgeback [2813 posts] 9 months ago
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ClubSmed wrote:

Reading the comments on the article actually got me thinking about bike registration. There are lots of people calling for bikes to be registered so that perpetrators of accidents can be identified, which is idiocy. However, it might as a byproduct reduce bike thefts because they have to be registered and have unique frame numbers. Just a thought that occurred to me.

 

If you want to have your bicycle marked up and registered, many police forces do this for free at cycling events. My race bikes are registered this way, so no need for the extra bureaucracy and cost of number plates.

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burtthebike [1183 posts] 9 months ago
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handlebarcam wrote:
FatBoyW wrote:

It is truly shocking to see such rubbish being spouted by supposed real media - surely there should be a law that this type of hatred based on nothing at all could prevent/defend people from?

There are laws.

There are indeed laws, and if cyclists were an ethnic group, I would suggest that this article would be found to be illegal.  Since the Daily Drivel can no longer attack people because of their skin colour, sex or sexual orientation, cyclists are a good substitute for these hate-filled bullies.

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HurdyGurdy [29 posts] 1 month ago
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Housecathst wrote:

I dream of waking up in a world where all daily mail readers have abducted by aliens never to return. 

 

Aliens would realise they would polute their food chain and gene pool and would decide to stay far away from daily heil readers in their abductions