A bike owner is elevating consciousness of the significance of cycle lights and lighting on cycle paths after his colleague was severely injured in a head-on collision at the hours of darkness.
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Medical researcher and father-of-two, Michael Hodskinson, suffered a number of damaged bones in his face and was left briefly unable to stroll following the collision on the DNA cycle path from Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Surgeons informed Michael, 44, millimetre distinction within the damage might have left him completely paralysed.
Mark Troll, who works on the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) with Michael, has launched a petition calling for enhancements to the trail, in addition to elevating consciousness of cycle lights.
“I’ve been fortunate actually, they had been severe accidents,” mentioned Michael. “A millimetre or so distinction in my spinal harm and it might have been paralysis. I’m nonetheless regaining perform, however I’m positively heading in the right direction.”
Michael was heading house to Sawston when he was concerned in a head-on collision with a bike owner who didn’t have any lights.
“The accident is a little bit of blur,” defined Michael. The handlebar of his bike hit him, inflicting a number of damaged bones in his face and jaw, in addition to harm to his backbone, and left him briefly unable to stroll.
“My jaw was fractured and throughout my eye. I noticed the CT scan and just about every thing was damaged in my face. I used to be sporting a helmet, in order that should have sustained among the impression, however I believe the impression should have come to the entrance of my face.”
Michael had surgical procedure the next day and was in hospital for eight weeks. He praised the excellent care he obtained at Addenbrooke’s.
The one who hit Michael rode off, leaving him unconscious on the bottom. Luckily, a passing pedestrian discovered Michael and known as for assist. He was taken on the quick journey to Addenbrooke’s by helicopter.
Michael has been out of hospital for a number of weeks and is ready to work part-time from house whereas he recovers.
“He’s nonetheless very a lot recovering,” mentioned Mark. “After I began the petition I acquired fairly a number of responses from individuals saying one thing comparable had occurred to them, not on this path, however front-on collisions with bicyclists at the hours of darkness who don’t have lights.”
“It does get an enormous quantity of use that cycle path, and on this case it was fairly horrific the accidents that I sustained, however there’s been a number of events after I’ve had close to misses,” mentioned Michael.
After conducting his personal analysis Mark mentioned he discovered most head-on bicycle collisions appear to happen on designated bike trails and are sometimes not reported to police. His petition, which has been lodged with Cambridgeshire County Council, has almost 500 names.
Mark mentioned: “I believe it must be emphasised collision like this will have severe results and that two bicycles colliding will not be at all times only a matter of individuals brushing it off and carrying on.
“I might like to have better consciousness for cycle lighting. My feeling is that there are some individuals who, for one motive or one other, simply don’t hassle with lights.
“There’s additionally an actual hazard to pedestrians who don’t carry lights and whereas the mixed impression velocity can be decrease, it might have severe penalties.”
Mark’s petition is asking for the trail to be made wider and to have overhead lighting. He mentioned the present ground-level lighting simply pushes cyclists towards one another into the center of the trail.
“Even with everyone with lights, it’s nonetheless a really slim path. It’s very difficult to go. It’s a foul design, no person realised the extent of utilization it was going to have,” he mentioned.
Michael had lights, however mentioned when he will get again on his bike, he’ll additionally guarantee he’s sporting a excessive visibility jacket.
The cycle path was in-built 2005 and utilization has elevated as extra buildings opened at Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
A spokesperson for CamCycle mentioned: “This petition highlights the upgrades that have to be made to this path by means of the Sawston Greenways mission and when the railway is widened by Community Rail. The trail have to be made wider with not less than a separate footway of 1.8m and cycleway of three.5m and acceptable lighting supplied. This work is especially pressing given using this path by round 1,000 individuals biking every day, considerably greater than the utilization predicted when the trail was first designed.”
In relation to cycle lights, the spokesperson added: “Because the clocks change and the evenings turn out to be darker earlier, we urge individuals to make sure their cycle lights are in good working order, charged and hooked up to their bikes.”
A county council spokesperson mentioned: “We’re very sorry to listen to concerning the current incident on the cycleway and we hope the particular person concerned makes a full restoration. We’re conscious of the petition to widen the trail and we’re chatting with the organiser to establish choices to deal with the problems.”
A session on the Higher Cambridge Partnership’s (GCP) Sawston Greenways mission has ended, however feedback can nonetheless be made on its Cambridge South East Transport mission which goals to supply higher public transport, strolling and biking choices for individuals who journey within the A1307 and A1301 space.
Camcycle has security recommendation at camcycle.org.uk/welcome to biking the place there’s additionally a video to advertise protected and respectful biking, together with using cycle lights.
Rutland Biking is providing an ETC Compact four and Tail Brilliant 5 Twin Set bike gentle set for £9.99 (was £23.99). It’s out there at its shops at Grand Arcade, Cambridge station, Barnwell Street, and Histon or from rutlandcycling.com.
Signal the petition at tinyurl.com/yxgcrta7.