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Police appeal after two cyclists knocked off their bikes in Spalding

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: July 02, 2013

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Lincolnshire Police is appealing for witnesses after two cyclists were knocked off their bikes in two separate incidents in Spalding.

A woman was knocked off at the junction of Winsover Road and St Thomas Road and suffered a head injury, which police say is not thought to be serious.

Then a man was knocked from his bike in St Paul’s Rd by a car thought to be a red Audi. He sustained a hip injury.

The incidents happened soon after an early-morning operation targeting traffic offences in which several cyclists received penalty notices for cycling on the pavement, generating a local debate on the issue.

Community inspector Jim Tyner said: “Clearly the feedback we have received shows that our early-morning action in Operation Oatmeal is a divisive issue and, whilst many people were supportive of our action, others felt we were unfairly targeting cyclists.

“Operation Oatmeal was timed to span factory shift changeover time, as that was an area of concern set as a priority by our community policing panels but I want to make it clear that we were targeting all those who flout the law, whether they be cyclists or motorists.

“The issue of cyclist safety is very important and dedicated cycle paths are one solution.

“In the meantime, Operation Oatmeal will continue so we can improve road safety for all road users, whether they are motorists, cyclists, horse-riders or pedestrians and will be targeting different parts of Spalding at different times of day, focusing on those locations and offences that have been identified by the policing panels as matters of community concern.”

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Lincolnshire Police on 101.

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  • Gixxerman  |  July 03 2013, 9:41AM

    @rascall271 There is no legal requirement for compulsory use of cycle lanes by cyclists. Cycling is not permitted on pavements by law. The advice from the CTC and also the DfT is that when traveling at greater speeds than 15mph is to use the road instead of the cycle path. Regular commuters easily exceed this speed for long periods of their journey (even reaching speeds of 25mph+). Cycle paths are for slow speed / inexperienced cyclists and children. Have you ever cycled on a cycle path? Most are littered with broken glass and obstacles such as parked cars and wheelie bins. Shared use cycle footpaths are even worse as they are frequented by dog walkers, dog excrement and pedestrians milling about in their own little world and meandering about with gay abandon, and they are usually wearing headphones so they cannot hear your bell / warning as you approach. All these obstructions cause you to slow down and stop on a regular basis, which severely impedes progress, as it is much harder to get back up to speed on a cycle than anything that is motorised. Would you be happy to be slowed down and stopped every 100meters to avoid obstacles when driving your car? Cyclists may use the roads - deal with it. If they do hold you up, which is debatable (especially in traffic), they usually only hold you up for 30 seconds or so. Are you in such a rush to get to where you are going that you cannot be delayed by even a few minutes? Aren't we all just trying to get somewhere? Regarding the comments about cyclists going through red lights etc. Yes I agree they do, and I also deplore this behaviour. However, cyclists are not alone in this. You get idiots using all forms of transport be it pedestrians, cyclists or car drivers. Why single out cyclists?

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  • rascall271  |  July 03 2013, 4:57AM

    marialea, i agree with you, however It may be that the police and council see you as a minority and thats that, In Spalding there has been several designated cycle tracks, But cyclist do tend not to use them, they still may be out of principle use the roads instead, I drive Lorries, Cars and ride a bike, i find it a pain in the neck and annoying when a track for bikes to be used on is not used i think then the cyclist should be fined and if required re educated by way of a course as with a motorist, (well uk because the police do not have the facilities to offer the course in any other languages at the moment), I also think where there is no track you should use the path and be insured like a car, so if you clobber some one you pay for it, make all methods of transport be registered like a vehicle, as i said there are much fewer pedestrians hit by bikes than cars by pedestrians, and using the path is also less chance of it becoming a fatal collision too. there less speed is more time to react. USE THE PATHS WISELY

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  • marialea  |  July 02 2013, 8:31PM

    Do not get me started! Cyclists have a right to be on the road as much as any driver. I am both a cyclist and a driver and dont feel that some comments are justified. I believe that a cyclist should ensure that they are aware of their surroundings and ensure that they are visible to drivers. Wear the right equipment and help yourself. As a driver be aware of what is around you. Was you not taught this in your driving lessons??? We are all allowed to feel safe on the road so wind your necks in!!!!!!

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  • marialea  |  July 02 2013, 8:31PM

    Do not get me started! Cyclists have a right to be on the road as much as any driver. I am both a cyclist and a driver and dont feel that some comments are justified. I believe that a cyclist should ensure that they are aware of their surroundings and ensure that they are visible to drivers. Wear the right equipment and help yourself. As a driver be aware of what is around you. Was you not taught this in your driving lessons??? We are all allowed to feel safe on the road so wind your necks in!!!!!!

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  • marialea  |  July 02 2013, 8:31PM

    Do not get me started! Cyclists have a right to be on the road as much as any driver. I am both a cyclist and a driver and dont feel that some comments are justified. I believe that a cyclist should ensure that they are aware of their surroundings and ensure that they are visible to drivers. Wear the right equipment and help yourself. As a driver be aware of what is around you. Was you not taught this in your driving lessons??? We are all allowed to feel safe on the road so wind your necks in!!!!!!

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  • nolies  |  July 02 2013, 8:09PM

    Just this evening I saw a cyclist ignore the standing traffic at a red light and go straight on as if it didn't exist taking no notice of the line of traffic i was in as it joined the road at the junction he was cycling through.

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  • rascall271  |  July 02 2013, 7:47PM

    What a joke, In Spalding, Boston and other areas are many foreign nationals who have very little regard for cyclist, I see this I am in Lithuania now, and later Latvia, Germany and Holland have the best systems in place, and until they make more safer tracks and make them use these track and well and make all drivers incl UK drivers more focused on Cyclist it is a total waste of police time, there are fewer pedestrians hit by cyclist than cyclist by cars, and I for one will pay all my wife's fines when she rides on the pavement, I would rather do that than pay for her funeral, go get the foreign vehicle that have been here in the UK more than 3 months, that clearly are not fit for the roads, then when targeting then target UK ones too, you might even get the person responsible that way, go check the polish and Lithuanian workshops too, may be again you will turn something up, because if it were a EU car it will be covered over very quickly indeed. I am no racist EDL leader or anything like this, I have 20 years exp in dealing with Eastern EU Culture and their ways, I see many things, we must comply with and the others are left alone through our authorities being in fear from not being correct and risking any comebacks from their actions. I wonder what the figures are for the police seizing foreign vehicle from over stay and road conditions of the vehicles, inc insurances compared to UK drivers, I have seen 2 UK cars here, no tax on them, or having had any sign of them being taxed, and here they get away with it too. Get the proper tools in place before you drive them to the roads to die.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  July 02 2013, 7:44PM

    "Cyclists are a danger and a menace... Drivers are bound to knock them off" And if you give kretins a keyboard and access to the internet, then they're bound to make mugs of themselves with asinine comments.

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  • Roadscource  |  July 02 2013, 6:45PM

    "Drivers are bound to knock them off" ***?

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  • SelfRighteous  |  July 02 2013, 6:24PM

    Cyclists are a danger and a menace... Drivers are bound to knock them off. I'm all for cycling, it's a great hobby and a fun way to keep fit... But please, don't do it on our roads..

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