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Very sorry to hear Bradley Wiggins knocked off his bike

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BeatTheClock Thu 08-Nov-12 12:13:37

Hope he mends soon. Poor old Bradleysad

lalalonglegs Thu 08-Nov-12 12:37:58

Yes, he's been relatively lucky. My husband is a sports journalist and the initial reports were that it was far more serious than a couple of broken ribs. Winter is a really prime training time for many cyclists though so I don't know how that will affect him next year. That driver has a lot to answer for angry.

Gigondas Thu 08-Nov-12 15:30:28

Now apparently Shane Sutton ( head coach for British cycling) knocked off his bike and has a brain injury.

minibmw2010 Thu 08-Nov-12 18:36:55

Lalalonglegs, that's pretty mean !! Just because he's a champion cyclist doesn't mean it was automatically the drivers fault! It's quite possible it was his.

lalalonglegs Thu 08-Nov-12 19:25:35

Do you know what, I doubt it. I ride a bike a lot and I get fed up of having near collisions and people saying: "I didn't see you!" You didn't see me because you weren't bloody looking, I don't just materialise out of thin air - I've got hi-vis clothes, I've got lights, I don't weave in and out of traffic. I would bet any money that, as this woman was pulling out of a garage forecourt, she just glanced down the road and drove before she'd really registered what was there, if she looked at all.

bureni Thu 08-Nov-12 19:34:17

I hope the police prosecute him for not having lights on his bike after lighting up time which is illegal and would make any road user difficult to see.

Aquelven Thu 08-Nov-12 19:51:31

It's a very busy spot where it happened, just a few yards from a roundabout that 's a major junction of the M6 & next to a big petrol station.

CaseyShraeger Thu 08-Nov-12 19:55:02

Do you have a source for your suggestion that he didn't have lights, bureni? I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere.

BrittaPerry Thu 08-Nov-12 19:55:51

Maybe they should ban Chorley. :-D

(Person of Preston origin here...)

mummytime Thu 08-Nov-12 20:08:21

I hear he had a helmet, hi-vis jacket and lights!

ivykaty44 Thu 08-Nov-12 21:48:09

I heard a rumour that it was an mner - is this true?

nipersvest Thu 08-Nov-12 21:53:38

i know the junction at that bp garage well, it's just down the road from where we used to live. it can get quite busy round there, the garage has entrances on 2 sides, plus there are side roads and also the m6 roundabout. when it's dark, visibility is low.

EchoBitch Thu 08-Nov-12 21:58:48

I read about this at the weekend,it made sad reading.

WrathdePan Thu 08-Nov-12 23:02:53

bureni - can you say where you heard that BW wasn't riding with lights, or have you just made that up for your own wrong-headed reasons?

WrathdePan Fri 09-Nov-12 18:32:34

I see that the woman in the Astra who injured BW has been reported for driving without due care and attention. ( I presume pulling onto the road without looking properly.) Petrol station attendant who was first on the scene noted she saw flashing lights on his bike and he was still wearing his helmet.

ivykaty44 Fri 09-Nov-12 20:41:40

Thing is though i wonder if a driver just pulling out on an unknown cyclist would have been charged with driving without due care and attention?

WrathdePan Fri 09-Nov-12 20:50:20

I'd guess it would depend on witnesses who were prepared to support the cyclist. Like any other RTA?

Ponders Fri 09-Nov-12 20:57:36

mmm, I was a bit hmm at the (allegedly) massive police presence within a very few minutes, ivykaty

if that happened every time a car knocked a cyclist over it might change the way some drivers behave

ivykaty44 Fri 09-Nov-12 21:17:31

this is disturbing reading

I am not sure whether it makes me feel the car or King or life is cheap.

drjohnsonscat Fri 09-Nov-12 21:46:55

I wonder if she made a calculation about his speed based on normal experience of bikes? Not that he was going too fast but he's probably twice as fast as the average cyclist. Just a possible factor.

WrathdePan Fri 09-Nov-12 22:02:58

Well, no really dr. It was in the dark and he had a front light. So as with any lit up road user it's quite simple to guess the roughly the speed of an object and crucially if one has time to 'pull out' in front of it. (whether it's a TdF winner or not.)

CaseyShraeger Sat 10-Nov-12 00:12:38

Also, she (allegedly) commented at the scene that she just hadn't seen him.

bureni Sat 10-Nov-12 01:28:08

apparently he can do no wrong since he won an insignificant little medal, but its alright to speed about with no lights in the dark, dont you just love the way there was so many police out to support this person yet the eye witness only "heard " things now. I hope the police take the same action against a " national hero" for his illegal use of the queens highway but then they are immune as always.

Thistledew Sat 10-Nov-12 02:08:12

Don't you know that there is just something wrong with anyone who chooses to exert themselves rather than sit on their arse in a car. It is not natural I tell you. They are all up to no good and we can't trust them at all to be reasonable law abiding citizens. We can be quite sure that each and every one of them is breaking some kind of law, or if they are not, the nasty, filthy habit should be illegal anyway so we might as well treat them all as criminals. It's just another example of broken Britain, the world gone mad, too much political correctness blah blah this day and age froth, froth. hmm

CaseyShraeger Sat 10-Nov-12 08:42:21

Is that your way of saying that you don't have any evidence to suggest that he didn't have lights, bureni? Because lots of people have asked you and you haven't answered them.

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