The scene of last month’s accident in St Augustine’s Crescent in which cyclist Martin Trinder sustained fatal injuries
Barely a month after the death of cyclist Martin Trinder – who sustained fatal head injuries after coming off his bike in St Augustine’s Crescent, Penarth – another cyclist has been seriously hurt, this time in a bike-on-bike collision, and has now made a public plea for local cyclists to be more careful.
Christine Glover – a cyclist from Llandaff, Cardiff – has written to the South Wales Echo to relate the circumstances of a Bank Holiday weekend collision in which she was hit and thrown off her bike en route to Penarth Marina – by a speeding cyclist.
Ms Glover says “I am a responsible cyclist, I use my bell to warn pedestrians on cycle paths of my approach and I always thank them for acknowledging me on my bike. I wear high visibility clothing and a helmet.”
She reports that on Sunday she was “quietly enjoying a ride over to Penarth Marina when a cyclist approached me from behind and collided with me, catapulting me off my bike and the path of a car.” She describes how she hit the ground head-first with her body skidding along the concrete.
She says “This irresponsible attitude to fellow cyclists is very dangerous. Needless to say I am now not able to get back on my bike due to my injuries. He is still speeding around though.” She poses the question “Why as a responsible careful cyclist should I have to be terrified by other cyclists?”
Cyclists blithely breaching the Highway Code on the Penarth Marina “Mermaid” roundabout
Ms Glover writes “Cyclists, I implore you: please slow down on cycle paths, some of us are not as clever at cycling as you, we don’t try to break the speed record at overtaking and skimming past fellow cyclists; we cannot see you approaching from behind; we are not adept at doing wheelies at unacceptable speed; use your bells to warn others, pedestrians and cyclists, that you are approaching from behind; keep to the correct side of the cycle path, cycle paths are not race tracks so please slow down.”
She adds “The consequences of your impulsive actions can have a devastating affect on others, don’t give cyclists a bad name by your behaviour. Cycling is for pleasure not meant to be terrifying and dangerous. “
Cardiff Harbour Authority has reported a number of collisions between cyclists on the Cardiff Bay Barrage since the route was opened .
Christine Glover’s letter to the South Wales Echo is on http://tinyurl.com/m8asx8u