Friday 30 October 2009

Doored - 32 stitches required

Cyclist Alan Folly has made an appeal for the man who left him needing 32 stitches in his ear to come forward. Mr Folly, from Tilehurst, was peddling past a parked car in Castle Street, in Reading town centre, when the passenger door opened, flooring him.

The dustman said: “I was outside Sweeney & Todd pie shop and there was a double parked car and the man opened the passenger door and hit me.

“The next minute I was on the floor.”

The London Borough of Waltham Forest is about to embark on a massive new programme of on-street parking bays installed alongside cycle lanes, hugely increasing a cyclist's exposure to risk, both from 'dooring' and overtaking vehicles.