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Video: Cyclist gets caught behind level crossing barriers in West Sussex

Network Rail warn all road users to pay attention to lights and barriers

Network Rail has reminded road users to pay attention to red lights at level crossings after releasing footage of a cyclist getting caught behind the barriers in West Sussex on Monday.

The Littlehampton Gazette reports that a joint Network Rail and British Transport Police mobile CCTV van was in the area watching for motorists jumping the lights, when it captured footage of a female cyclist ducking under the lowering barrier at the Roundstone level crossing in East Preston.

She was then unable to get past the barrier on the opposite side and found herself trapped.

Network Rail level crossing manager Clive Robey said: “The woman was in no danger from trains, as the signaller was able to raise the barriers so she could get out, but it did mean that the train and the motorists had to wait longer.

“Had she tried the same thing at an automatic crossing, such as at Yapton, she would have been in great danger of being hit by a train. As it was, she narrowly missed getting hit by the barrier as it came down – something that has caused injury to cyclists in the past.

“Level crossing lights and barriers are there to keep everyone safe and I would appeal to users, at Roundstone and elsewhere, to pay attention to them. People do have to wait a few minutes, but today’s incident shows why there is a gap between the barriers coming down and the train crossing over.”

Robey visited the crossing later in the week to explain the dangers to the cyclist, who is said to be a regular user of the road.

In June, Crimestoppers offered a £2,000 reward to track down a man who jumped over a level crossing gate in south west London and told an onlooker who pleaded with him to stop, "I don't f*cking care, mate."

Last month Cannondale-Drapac rider Taylor Phinney was disqualified from the Tour of Britain after he crossed a railway line while the gates were coming down midway through a stage.

After French rail company SNCF called for cyclists who rode through a closed level crossing during the 2015 Paris-Roubaix to be prosecuted, the UCI revised its regulations, which now state: “It shall be strictly forbidden to cross level crossings when the barrier is down or closing, the warning signal ringing or flashing."

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bjeato | 6 years ago
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Waited as a driver at that crossing a few times - one of the longer wait times as crossings go.

Presume that was a deciding factor in taking such a risk

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Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Its just a page of google results, literally anything* you search for will produce a page of google results.

See?

Anyway, those videos are old in comparison to the cyclist ones that are currently being released. Thank you for proving my point.

*That is called an exageration.

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don simon fbpe replied to Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Kadinkski wrote:

Its just a page of google results, literally anything* you search for will produce a page of google results.

See?

Anyway, those videos are old in comparison to the cyclist ones that are currently being released. Thank you for proving my point.

*That is called an exageration.

g.

smiley

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Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Yeah, 'never' is an exageration. Well done. Great work.

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don simon fbpe replied to Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Kadinkski wrote:

Yeah, 'never' is an exageration. Well done. Great work.

Hardly great work, it was quite simple actually.

Here's some more.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=firefox-b&dcr=0&q=car+level+cross...

Wanders off to  Google sarcastic...

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Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Such bullshit. You never see them releasing these sort of videos when it's car drivers. Yes, the cyclist is in the wrong but how about publicly shaming car drivers in the same fashion?

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don simon fbpe replied to Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Kadinkski wrote:

Such bullshit. You never see them releasing these sort of videos when it's car drivers. Yes, the cyclist is in the wrong but how about publicly shaming car drivers in the same fashion?

Nope, absolutely never.

(This was the first Google hit).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/10585436/Dangerous-drivers-flout-level-crossing-rules.html

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fenix replied to Kadinkski | 6 years ago
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Kadinkski wrote:

Such bullshit. You never see them releasing these sort of videos when it's car drivers. Yes, the cyclist is in the wrong but how about publicly shaming car drivers in the same fashion?

Rubbish. I've seen plenty of similar videos but with cars on the TV news.

You do know this is a bike website so obviously it'll have an interest in bike videos ?

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ktache | 6 years ago
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When a person is riding on a bike, they are by definition cycling, when we, and the people on this site especially so, are off our bikes, we are cyclists.

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WashoutWheeler | 6 years ago
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That is a person on a bicycle NOT a cyclist! Big difference.

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don simon fbpe replied to WashoutWheeler | 6 years ago
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WashoutWheeler wrote:

That is a person on a bicycle NOT a cyclist! Big difference.

I've thought about this and could do with a hand understanding what the difference is. I imagine that a person on a bike would consider themselves a cyclist while mounted on said bike.

I kind of agree with you, but am interested all the same.

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ConcordeCX replied to don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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don simon wrote:
WashoutWheeler wrote:

That is a person on a bicycle NOT a cyclist! Big difference.

I've thought about this and could do with a hand understanding what the difference is. I imagine that a person on a bike would consider themselves a cyclist while mounted on said bike.

I kind of agree with you, but am interested all the same.

it’s a form of the ‘I am an adventurer, you are a traveller, he is a tourist’ bollocks that mutates into a form of the ‘no true Scotsman...’ argument.

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beezus fufoon replied to ConcordeCX | 6 years ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:
don simon wrote:
WashoutWheeler wrote:

That is a person on a bicycle NOT a cyclist! Big difference.

I've thought about this and could do with a hand understanding what the difference is. I imagine that a person on a bike would consider themselves a cyclist while mounted on said bike.

I kind of agree with you, but am interested all the same.

it’s a form of the ‘I am an adventurer, you are a traveller, he is a tourist’ bollocks that mutates into a form of the ‘no true Scotsman...’ argument.

one lousy (but flirtatious) sheep does not a sheepshagger make?

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don simon fbpe replied to beezus fufoon | 6 years ago
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beezus fufoon wrote:
ConcordeCX wrote:
don simon wrote:
WashoutWheeler wrote:

That is a person on a bicycle NOT a cyclist! Big difference.

I've thought about this and could do with a hand understanding what the difference is. I imagine that a person on a bike would consider themselves a cyclist while mounted on said bike.

I kind of agree with you, but am interested all the same.

it’s a form of the ‘I am an adventurer, you are a traveller, he is a tourist’ bollocks that mutates into a form of the ‘no true Scotsman...’ argument.

one lousy (but flirtatious) sheep does not a sheepshagger make?

Hmmmm!

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Canyon48 | 6 years ago
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Idiot. Trains have a tendency to be fairly fast and reasonably big and heavy. I would choose not to play chicken with them.

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me replied to Canyon48 | 6 years ago
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wellsprop wrote:

Idiot. Trains have a tendency to be fairly fast and reasonably big and heavy. I would choose not to play chicken with them.

Cars, trucks and buses are also fast and reasonably heavy.  Nor are they constrained to a given path by rails.  And they're often driven by drivers paying less attention than a train driver should.  But we still go out and play on the same roads as them.

Not that I would go under a train barrier but we choose our risks.  Preferably only involving ourselves and not some train driver who has no choice but to watch the train plough into you.

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Morat | 6 years ago
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Natural Selection thwarted again...

 

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DaveE128 | 6 years ago
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Crazy riding - wrong side of the road, under a lowering barrier! You really have to wonder what's going in some people's heads sometimes!

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fenix | 6 years ago
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People never fail to be stupid do they ?

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don simon fbpe | 6 years ago
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Nobber!

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