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Cyclist hurt by a barrier he couldn’t see

A CYCLIST claims barriers on a dockside path are a danger to bike riders.

HURT: Cyclist Simon Walker, who was injured after colliding with a barrier across the new Cavendish dock walkway

Simon Walker, an operations strategy manager at BAE Systems, required hospital treatment after he collided with the barrier while cycling near Morrisons in Barrow. Mr Walker, 49, claims the barrier puts people at risk because it is difficult to see.

He said: “I was riding to work along the path that comes out behind Morrisons along the dock. I was distracted for a second by a group of pedestrians and a dog.

“It was a very bright day and I was probably doing about 16mph. I never saw the barrier and it was not until I hit it that I realised it was there. I can’t believe it is painted grey and has no warning sign.”

Mr Walker, from Baycliff, was left with minor injuries after the collision, but says the way the barrier is designed meant his body took the full impact of the crash.

He added: “I was pretty shaken up by the incident. I suffered bruising to my legs and my right leg is still very sore.

“My left wrist is strained, and my body took the whole impact.

“My bike wasn’t damaged, as it slid under the barrier. If it was a child (that hit the barrier) their head would have been hit really hard.

“There’s three other people at work (at BAE) who have hit the barrier.

“I rang the council the day after it happened and they seemed quite receptive, but I haven’t heard that they’re doing anything yet.”

No-one at Barrow Borough Council was available for comment.

Have your say

With regards to Phil’s comment about painting everything the same colour... You paint the objects that pose a threat to the public, such as a gate or barrier, to make them visible, not everything in site… Duh!

With regards to Frankie’s comment, the barriers are not there to be as pretty as humanly possible, or pose a threat to the public (which they do). It will be interesting to see how many cyclists are injured in the autumn/winter months during their daily commute to work, due to the incompetence of Barrow Borough Council.

Posted by Matt on 31 August 2010 at 22:45

agreed that grey might not be the best colour for the gates.. but if they were bright orange yellow, then they would be an eyesore.. the gates are at junctions, so are there to slow down these cyclists in training for the world olympics to a speed that is safe for all of us.. much like the ones further on.. which also happen to be grey... more care and attention to your surroundings rather than the time trial.. If this happened to me on a motorcycle it would be down to ineffective observation, and incorrect speed for the conditions, even without an engine, i feel the same applies.. that goes for the cyclist and tractor also.

Posted by WalneyFrankie on 27 August 2010 at 15:42

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