A cyclist was thrown from his bike after a dog ran in front of him on a cycle lane.Let the entitlement flow!
John Smith injured his wrist and stomach after going over his handlebars on Sunday in Western Esplanade, Westcliff. Mr Smith, a member of the East Essex Triathlon Club, is warning the cycle lane is too close to pedestrians and traffic and its just a matter of time before someone is killed.
He said: “I’d been cycling with friends from the club that morning, but decided to do a few more miles going through Canewdon and Southend.
“I got opposite the Toulouse cafe when this dog ran out in front of me. I was going at about 20mph.
“I had to brake really hard and went flying over the handlebars.
“Fortunately I didn’t fall into the road. If I had, I would have been seriously injured because there was heavy traffic.
“I have been cycling for years and am pretty vigilant, but the dog wasn’t on a lead and just ran across the cycle path.
“There are signs saying dogs must be on a lead, but its owner ignored that.”Just like lots of cyclists ignore ‘No Cycling’ signs in Southend town centre? Or red lights?
“The cycle lane is just poorly designed. It’s not wide enough and it’s just a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed.”This lane isn’t wide enough? Really?
Julie Dempsey, 51, from Canvey, was cycling with her partner two weeks ago when they also had a close shave on the same part of the cycle lane.
She added: “A small child suddenly ran out in front of us. My partner yelled to warn him and we managed to swerve just in time. I know its difficult, but ideally the cycle path needs to be wider and it needs to be a bit more obvious that it’s a cycle lane.”I fail to see how they could make it more obvious…
*Middle Aged Man In Lycra