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    padihamgirl wrote:
    before i was allowed to drive my car on my own i had to take my driving test unfortunately anyone can go into a cycle shop and ride onto the roads the same day. No helmet no insurance and no test to prove they are safe. Its all very well to say that drivers have to take care but cyclists do as well. It might be a cheap way for children to get to school but i have had to phone a couple of schools over the years because children are not being careful and they think its funny.
    Its illegal for children to drive cars so why are they allowed to ride bikes on the roads.
    You seem to be suggesting that a person on a bike is exactly the same as over a tonne of metal powered by an engine. The reason why cars are licenced and controlled is because they are very capable of causing great harm at no danger to the driver. A bike is in no way similar. Just look at this example in the article, the danger was not a bike crashing it was a car hitting the bike. The driver of the car might not be happy with a scratch to their car but the cyclist is in critical condition.
    Road safety will not be improved in any significant way by concentrating on cyclists, doing so would be a waste of limited resources."
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Cyclist, 69, is critical after road crash in Blackburn

Cyclist, 69, is critical after road crash in Blackburn

Cyclist, 69, is critical after road crash in Blackburn

First published in News
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A CYCLIST is in a critical condition after being knocked off his bike.

The crash, which involved a Suzuki Swift, happened in Preston Old Road, Blackburn, near the entrance to Witton Park as the 69-year-old cyclist headed towards the town centre.

Police said he suffered serious head injuries and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

Specially trained officers were supporting the injured man’s family yesterday. Police said they were not able to confirm whether or not he was wearing a helmet.

The driver stopped at the scene. No arrests have been made. Sgt John Jennings-Wharton said the circum-stances of the crash were not known.

Coun Michael Lee, of the Beardwood with Lammack ward, said: “The popularity of cycling has picked up a lot and there are lots more people out and about on bikes.

“I think drivers need to be more alert for cyclists, but equally sometimes cyclists need to be more alert to cars too. The problem is, if you are a cyclist, you invariably come off worse than the motorist.

“One of the problems is we never designed the roads for cars and cyclists to be together. If there is something that can be learned from this accident we will have a look at it.”

Sgt Jennings-Wharton appealed for anybody with information which happened around 12.15pm on Sunday, to get in touch.

He said: “Witton Park was busy with people on Sunday enjoying the fine weather.

“Both the Suzuki Swift and the pedal cycle were travelling towards Blackburn town centre from the Pleasington area and I urge anyone who saw either the car or the pedal cyclist at that time in the area of the collision to contact police.”

Anybody with information should call police on 101 quoting log number 0783 of June 1.

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