Firefighters help rescue Dorset cyclist after 40 foot clifftop fall

Firefighters and otheremergency services personnel have rescued a man who fell 40 foot while riding his bike along a clifftop cycle path in Bournemouth, Dorset.

Police, paramedics and coastguard staff were also involved in the operation yesterday evening, which saw fire service crew deploy an aerial ladder platform, reports BBC News.

The man, who was taken to hospital with back injuries, is thought to have fallen down the cliff face near to a memorial to Red Arrows pilot Jon Egging, who died in a crash at the Bournemouth Air Display in 2011.

Anger in Bournemouth and Bury St Edmunds as government refuses to fund safer cycling schemes

There has been anger in Bournemouth as the government has rejected funding for a £1.2m scheme to promote safer cycling in the city.

Bournemouth Borough Council applied for £820,000 from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), which would have included training for young pedestrians and for adult cyclists and motorcyclists.

It would have also funded a media campaign to encourage road users to "respect each other‟s needs", a workplace cycle challenge, cycling festivals and a car club.

Bournemouth councillors divided over decision to allow cycling in pedestrian zones

A Bournemouth councillor says that a council decision to permit cycling in The Square and at Pier Approach can help overcome the seaside town’s “anti-cyclist attitude” – but the move has been condemned as “madness” by a fellow councillor, who has warned that it will cause conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.

Controversy over Bournemouth & Norwich active travel & safety initiatives

Are unconventional local government measures to encourage active travel, including cycling, and improve cycle safety a waste of money in these straitened times? That’s the question being asked in Bournemouth and Norwich after their councils launched unusual projects to encourage cycling and safety.

Bournemouth deputy Mayor promises more seafront cyclist speed enforcement after he's hit by one during charity running race

The deputy mayor of Bournemouth says he will do more to enforce cycling speed limits on the seafront promenade after he was knocked down by a cyclist during a charity running race.

Councillor Phil Stanley Watts was running the Diverse Abilities Plus’ Jingle Jog when he was hit by a rider who he said was weaving between the runners.

12 months in jail for red light jumping cyclist who left 9-year-old girl with fractured skull

A Bournemouth cyclist has been jailed for 12 months following an incident in which he rode through a red traffic light and collided with a nine-year-old girl, leaving her with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. Philip Benwell, aged 38, had pleaded guilty last month to the charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

Bournemouth cyclists tell council: We warned you, and now you've built 'unsafe' cycle paths

New cycle lanes at a roundabout in Bournemouth could put lives in danger according to a cycling expert, who says the corner is so tight, large vehicles will be forced to encroach on the cycle path.

Bournemouth cyclist may face jail after pleading guilty to GBH charge

A Bournemouth cyclist has been told that he may face a prison sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm following an incident that left a nine-year-old girl with life threatening injuries.

Man in court on ‘wanton and furious’ cycling charge

A Bournemouth man appeared in court yesterday accused of wanton or furious cycling leading to grievous bodily harm.

According to the Bournmouth Echo, Philip Douglas Benwell, 38, is charged with colliding with a juvenile on Friday July 25, causing the victim life-threatening injuries.

Benwell is also facing a separate charge of causing grievous bodily harm during the incident.

Bournemouth cycle safety pledge following claim it's second most dangerous place to ride outside London

Bournemouth Borough Council insists it is working to improving the safety of cyclists in the South Coast town after a local newspaper claimed that after Portsmouth it is “the second most dangerous place for cyclists in England outside London,” an assertion that is impossible to substantiate once subject to close scrutiny.

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