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Van driver who left a cyclist unable to move for two months is fined £550 for ‘driving without due care’

The cyclist suffered shoulder, pelvis and leg fractures in the incident, which took place the same month national media outlets criticised a local bike lane

A driver who hit a cyclist with his van, leaving him unable to move unaided for two months, has received a £550 fine and six penalty points on their license.

The motorist, driving a van and trailer, knocked the rider off his bike just outside Wimborne in August, reports the Bournemouth Echo

The cyclist sustained fractures to the shoulder, leg and pelvis in the incident, and was unable to walk for two months.

The van driver, who was adjudged by attending police to have driven without due care, pleaded guilty in court before Christmas. He was fined £550 and received six points.

“We are never pleased to see adversity inflicted on others no matter what they have done,” a spokesperson for Dorset Traffic Police said. “But we hope this outcome improves the driver involved and goes some way to repairing the damage done to the cyclist's life.”

In the same month that this incident took place, the Mail Online and Metro published articles criticising the installation of an 11ft-wide cycle lane in Wimborne – dubbed ‘Britain’s biggest bike lane’ – which (some) locals claimed was a “shambles”. 

Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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