A ten mile road cycle is to put the focus on regular cyclists and their safety after a hit and run tragically killed a cyclist in Gloucester in September. Newspaper delivery man Alan Knight was knocked off his bike and killed by an alleged hit and run vehicle in September of this year. Keen cyclist Harry Hancy was so shocked by the incident that he set up the ride to raise awareness of the safety of cyclists on Gloucester roads. The cycle will begin at Gloucester Docks, covering the city centre and will end in Podsmead. Mr Hancy has said that he has also been knocked off his bike while out cycling and has had a number of near-misses with cars which has enhanced the need for his campaign. Mr Hancy has stated that many drivers do not look out for cyclists, especially during the busy morning rush hour when drivers are more concerned about getting to work.
Many drivers also do not realise how fast a bike may be travelling and pull out too quickly. He has also seen many drivers wearing headphones and driving through red lights on his travels. Up to 30 riders from the Kingsway Cycling Club will take part in the ride and will be travelling in single file at a safe speed of 1mph. The event will be planned every year and, in keeping with its road safety message, every rider must wear a helmet.
Raising awareness of road safety
A road safety cycle like this one can help to raise awareness of the consequences of driving dangerously. Cyclists and pedestrians are extremely vulnerable on the road and are at risk of serious injury if involved in a collision. Although many drivers are aware of this and show other road users respect and courtesy, many drivers do not exercise vigilance at all times. If you are involved in an accident and someone else was driving recklessly, you may be entitled to a cash payout to help you cope with any costs associated with the accident.
How to begin making your claim
You can start by contacting Accident Advice Helpline to discuss your case with one of our sympathetic experts. As we have been in business since the year 2000, we have helped thousands of victims of road traffic accidents to claim compensation when someone else was at fault for the accident. If this sounds like you, give us a call on our free 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice. We also offer a no win, no fee* policy and pride ourselves on our integrity and dependability when representing our clients.
Date Published: November 11, 2014
Author: David Brown