The Guide Dogs charity, which helps blind and visually-impaired people, said more Londoners were calling their helpline to report being hit or involved in near misses. The most dangerous incidents involved cyclists riding on pavements or skipping red lights at pedestrian crossings, the charity said.Which are a menace enough for those of us with 20/20 vision, but there’s special pleading to be done!
The Cycleyes safety campaign, launched today, is backed by London’s biggest bike rights group, which said cyclists have a “duty of care” to look out for others.And a goodly number will heed that. But there are those that won’t, because there are simply no consequences for not doing so:
Deborah Persaud was hurled to the ground by a cyclist who was riding on the pavement. Ms Persaud, a civil servant who is partially sighted, suffered a damaged shoulder and hip in the collision as she walked home from Highbury tube station. The force of the collision left her sprawled on the pavement.Not just physical damage, either – a significant amount of property damage:
To add to her trauma, Ms Persaud said the male cyclist then tried to ride off and only stopped when she called the police. Ms Persaud said she was left shaken, her dress was ripped, the contents of her handbag spilled everywhere and her mobile phone smashed.And what happened to the cretin who caused this? Was he arrested? Why, no:
Islington police said the cyclist “was spoken to regarding his future conduct and warned by police” .That’s it? That’s all? What, is this another Rotherham? Was his surname Bin Peddelin…?