Cyclist's fury at poor drivingBy Caroline Cook
November 16, 2011
A cyclist is warning drivers to take more care on the roads after he was knocked off his bike and had another near miss in the space of a week.
Dr Martin Osborn, from Finchampstead, is calling on motorists to take more care after saying he could have been seriously injured or even killed in the incidents.
The 53-year-old said: “I was knocked from my bike by a Peugeot car in Peach Street on Monday, November 7, at about 7pm.
“Despite the fact that I wore a high-visibility jacket and had two bright rear lights and two fluorescent green panniers, the driver cut in as he overtook me.
“I shouted out a warning and knocked on the roof of the car, but the driver continued to cut in and struck the bike, causing me to fall to the pavement.”
Dr Osborn, who works for a chemical research company in Jealott’s Hill, Bracknell, said the car driver did not stop and he caught up with him near Shute End where he parked his bike in front of the car and asked the driver to exchange details.
The driver refused to wind down his window so Dr Osborn went to Wokingham police station to report the incident.
He was also later treated for a twisted ankle which was caused when he was forced to pull his feet from toe clips to prevent himself from falling head-first on to the pavement.
The cyclists had another near miss just two days later involving a car which pulled out of Tangley Drive on to Luckley Road at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, November 9.
He said: “The explanation given by the driver was ‘I only saw you at the last moment because all my windows were steamed up, all right?’ Well the answer is that is not all right.
“The irony was I took that route because of what happened on Monday and then that happened.”
Dr Osborn said he has been cycling all his life and has been cycling around the Wokingham area for 26 years, travelling to and from work on his bike every day.
He also said the area is not very cyclist-friendly compared to other towns like Cambridge which has designated cycle routes.
He said: “I went on holiday to Cambridge where a lot of people cycle and the cars there are brilliant. There is a real difference there.
“I have been knocked off where I lived in Bristol when I was young. It only takes one or two and it creates problem for a lot of people.”
Motorists are urged to watch for cyclists when turning left or opening car doors and to give at least half a car’s width of space when passing a cyclist.
The Government also issues advice for cyclists to wear fluorescent clothing and a helmet and advises them to fit bikes with lights and reflectors provided they do not dazzle other road users.