A 71-year old former transport manager has called for number plates to be put on all bikes after a cyclist collided with him on a footpath near his home. The campaigner from Swansea was a keen cyclist himself before ill health prevented him from using his bike but he has now called for action after a reckless cyclist caused injuries to his hip and shoulder. Keith Hedges then passed out from his injuries and was subjected to an assault from the cyclist before he took to his bike and cycled away from the incident. Mr Hedges was blinded in one eye a few months later, which doctors stated was a trauma injury. He also suffered whiplash from the incident.
However, the cyclist cannot be traced and Mr Hedges has called for number plates to be put on bikes to ensure that those injured can identify the perpetrators and claim the compensation they have a right to. He also states it would stop rogue cyclists from travelling at speeds of 35 to 40mph downhill and it would prevent them from jumping red lights. However, Nick Guy, chairman of Swansea cycle campaign group, ‘Wheelrights’ said that licence plating could put people off from cycling, particularly if there is a cost involved.
Injuries from a pedestrian-cyclist accident
The victim in this case suffered severe injuries due to the speed that the cyclist was travelling at. This shows that cyclists have a responsibility to protect pedestrians just like vehicle drivers do when travelling. However, this cyclist was also on a footpath. There are dedicated cycle paths in certain areas and cyclists are required to travel on the road to avoid putting people at risk of injury. If you have come into contact with a rogue cyclist or have been run over by a bike, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
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Source: South Wales Evening Post
Date Published: November 13, 2014
Author: David Brown