A Bournemouth cyclist who suffered multiple injuries after he rode into a temporary roadworks sign which council workers has placed on a cycle path has been awarded £5000 in compensation reports the Bournemouth Echo.
Roger Excell gashed his elbow and tore tendons and muscles after he collided with the sign in August 2007. When his head hit the ground in the accident, his crash helmet split in two as a result of which he subsequently underwent a precautionary brain scan. Mr Excell was off work for a week and needed to use a zimmer frame and then walking sticks for many more weeks.
He said the unlit sign was blocking the cycle path as he rode to work in the rain at around 5.15am and maintained that despite using a light he did not see the obstruction until it was too late.
Mr Excell told the Echo: “The money side of it doesn’t really bother me. I just wanted Poole council to be punished by the court and the judge made it extremely clear that they have to protect cyclists and other path users.”
The Borough of Poole was also ordered to pay £8,099 in costs.