Saturday 21 August 2010

‘Safety in numbers’ update

ONE cyclist is fighting for his life and another remains seriously injured after they were both hit by a car on a busy road close to Robin Hood Airport.

The first cyclist, a 52-year-old man from Rossington, was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with life threatening full body injuries following the collision around 7.20pm last night.

According to police, the crash happened
when a red Skoda Fabia travelling in the opposite direction crossed into the wrong carriageway and collided with the two cyclists.


Martin Maltby, of Don Valley Cycles, said: "We think they were on their way home from a training ride. That's not a bad road.

"Everyone is very upset about it."

[I have a theory that the reason why such a large proportion of cycling fatalities seem to involve time trial cyclists or cyclists on charity rides is that these are now the only two cycling groups left using roads which almost all other cyclists have abandoned out of fear. A secondary explanation is that both groups cycle much greater distances and spend much more time on roads than the average cyclist, thereby radically increasing their exposure to risk.]