A Royal Victoria Infirmary advisor who suffered accidents after falling off her bike on Forsyth Highway this month has put the blame on the cycle path which she says “disappears”.
The accident occurred on Tuesday 1st December when Julie Whittaker was biking to work. She is recovering from the autumn, however nonetheless struggling some concussion signs.
Whittaker advised JesmondLocal she believes she was fortunate as her accidents may have been worse and that sporting a biking helmet in all probability saved her life. A 2016 research steered bicycle helmets cut back the danger of significant head harm by 70%.
“Many individuals like me are determined to decide on lively journey however they’re apprehensive due to security, and that is with good cause,” she stated.
“The primary, excellent situation is street security, and it is a huge one for my part. Biking is only a sensible different to a automotive for me. I’ve invested in a Cargo bike to have the ability to gather and drop-off my children, convey college luggage, convey purchasing, and the electrical bike lets me do all this while in my fancy work garments.”
Tons of of cyclists are injured or killed on our area every year. In line with statistics revealed by the Chronicle final yr, 1,681 cyclests had been harm or killed within the north east between 2015 and 2017.
In response to information of Whittaker’s accident, the Liberal Democrats in Newcastle referred to as for safer cycle schemes:
Ed Smith, a spokesperson for biking and pedestrian security marketing campaign SPACEforJesmond, stated that whereas the west aspect of Forsyth Highway is a part of the council’s strategic cycle community, “it’s not very best for biking due to excessive ranges of motor visitors, notably at peak occasions. A protected cycleway on this street would convey this route as much as an ordinary for all ages and talents to cycle on.”
In line with Smith, this was beneficial as a part of the Streets for Individuals plans, the place Jesmond was allotted £1m of ring-fenced funding in 2015 for enhancing lively journey. Nevertheless half of that cash continues to be unspent, stated Smith. “New cycle routes ought to really feel protected and comfy even for newbie cyclists, and we consider the present format doesn’t match the federal government’s 5 core design rules for cycle infrastructure.
“We want Julie a speedy restoration.”