Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by a car in Shoreham

Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by a car

Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by a car

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A cyclist is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a car.

The 65-year-old was cycling at the Holmbush roundabout in Shoreham on Tuesday afternoon when he was knocked off.

Shortly after 4.45pm a white Honda Jazz hit the man knocking him to the floor.

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital where he remains this morning.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 or email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Bystock.

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8:29am Wed 16 Jul 14

chrismilo says...

Silly man why was he not riding on the pavement then ?
Silly man why was he not riding on the pavement then ? chrismilo
  • Score: -29

9:33am Wed 16 Jul 14

Ash Brighton says...

Well this article is a little ambiguously worded as to where exactly he was hit but if he was going round the roundabout when he was hit then I must say this was an accident waiting to happen.

It certainly takes some balls to cycle round the Holmbush roundabout. I certainly wouldn't attempt it and I'm a reasonably experienced cyclist.

There is a cycle path that bypasses the roundabout but it is both confusingly placed (shared pavement space) and inadequate. Pedestrians frequently walk in it; it makes accessing the Holmbush centre quite challenging to do so safely and definitely does encourage people to just cycle on the pavement rather than rejoin the flow of traffic at a rather inopportune (arguably suicidal) location.

This accident could have easily been prevented with better road design.

Hopefully this shoddy road layout is addressed before more incidents occur.
Well this article is a little ambiguously worded as to where exactly he was hit but if he was going round the roundabout when he was hit then I must say this was an accident waiting to happen. It certainly takes some balls to cycle round the Holmbush roundabout. I certainly wouldn't attempt it and I'm a reasonably experienced cyclist. There is a cycle path that bypasses the roundabout but it is both confusingly placed (shared pavement space) and inadequate. Pedestrians frequently walk in it; it makes accessing the Holmbush centre quite challenging to do so safely and definitely does encourage people to just cycle on the pavement rather than rejoin the flow of traffic at a rather inopportune (arguably suicidal) location. This accident could have easily been prevented with better road design. Hopefully this shoddy road layout is addressed before more incidents occur. Ash Brighton
  • Score: 26

9:47am Wed 16 Jul 14

Ash Brighton says...

chrismilo wrote:
Silly man why was he not riding on the pavement then ?
Because riding on the pavement is illegal but, I assume you know that already, as do most people including the inconsiderate cyclists who choose to cycle on the pavement. Might I add, they likely do so because they do not feel safe cycling side by side with 2 tons of steel controlled by a person who may or may not be fiddling with their phone or eating a sandwich or both at the same time (I've seen this more than once).

Did you mean to say he should use the inadequate cycle lane that runs parallel to the pavement and doesn't allow convenient access to the Holmbush centre?

You may find that he was simply taking the most convenient route to get to the Holmbush centre (assuming that's where he was going).

Surely it doesn't take much thinking to work that out though? Unless of course this is just a case of blame the cyclists even when it was in no way their fault. If that's the position you're coming from then you need to get off the road because you surely do not have the right mindset to control 2 tons of steel.
[quote][p][bold]chrismilo[/bold] wrote: Silly man why was he not riding on the pavement then ?[/p][/quote]Because riding on the pavement is illegal but, I assume you know that already, as do most people including the inconsiderate cyclists who choose to cycle on the pavement. Might I add, they likely do so because they do not feel safe cycling side by side with 2 tons of steel controlled by a person who may or may not be fiddling with their phone or eating a sandwich or both at the same time (I've seen this more than once). Did you mean to say he should use the inadequate cycle lane that runs parallel to the pavement and doesn't allow convenient access to the Holmbush centre? You may find that he was simply taking the most convenient route to get to the Holmbush centre (assuming that's where he was going). Surely it doesn't take much thinking to work that out though? Unless of course this is just a case of blame the cyclists even when it was in no way their fault. If that's the position you're coming from then you need to get off the road because you surely do not have the right mindset to control 2 tons of steel. Ash Brighton
  • Score: 12

10:39am Wed 16 Jul 14

gheese77 says...

Ash Brighton wrote:
Well this article is a little ambiguously worded as to where exactly he was hit but if he was going round the roundabout when he was hit then I must say this was an accident waiting to happen.

It certainly takes some balls to cycle round the Holmbush roundabout. I certainly wouldn't attempt it and I'm a reasonably experienced cyclist.

There is a cycle path that bypasses the roundabout but it is both confusingly placed (shared pavement space) and inadequate. Pedestrians frequently walk in it; it makes accessing the Holmbush centre quite challenging to do so safely and definitely does encourage people to just cycle on the pavement rather than rejoin the flow of traffic at a rather inopportune (arguably suicidal) location.

This accident could have easily been prevented with better road design.

Hopefully this shoddy road layout is addressed before more incidents occur.
You are correct - large fast roundabouts are particularly dangerous for cyclists
It is hard to know what happened from the scant details in the article. My guess is that he was either hit by a car entering the roundabout that failed to see him. Or more likely hit by a car exiting the roundabout as he continued round to the right, this has been the reason for a a number of cyclist fatalities on London roundabouts this year (Bow roundabout in particular).
This had lead to road layout changes on some roundabouts, maybe that will happen at holmbush now
[quote][p][bold]Ash Brighton[/bold] wrote: Well this article is a little ambiguously worded as to where exactly he was hit but if he was going round the roundabout when he was hit then I must say this was an accident waiting to happen. It certainly takes some balls to cycle round the Holmbush roundabout. I certainly wouldn't attempt it and I'm a reasonably experienced cyclist. There is a cycle path that bypasses the roundabout but it is both confusingly placed (shared pavement space) and inadequate. Pedestrians frequently walk in it; it makes accessing the Holmbush centre quite challenging to do so safely and definitely does encourage people to just cycle on the pavement rather than rejoin the flow of traffic at a rather inopportune (arguably suicidal) location. This accident could have easily been prevented with better road design. Hopefully this shoddy road layout is addressed before more incidents occur.[/p][/quote]You are correct - large fast roundabouts are particularly dangerous for cyclists It is hard to know what happened from the scant details in the article. My guess is that he was either hit by a car entering the roundabout that failed to see him. Or more likely hit by a car exiting the roundabout as he continued round to the right, this has been the reason for a a number of cyclist fatalities on London roundabouts this year (Bow roundabout in particular). This had lead to road layout changes on some roundabouts, maybe that will happen at holmbush now gheese77
  • Score: 4

10:49am Wed 16 Jul 14

Notters_Seagull says...

Having cycled across that roundabout at the weekend, it would help if people actually looked before pulling out onto it. It should be safe to cycle across provided people are concentrating, but sadly this is often not the case.
Hope the chap makes a full and speedy recovery.
Having cycled across that roundabout at the weekend, it would help if people actually looked before pulling out onto it. It should be safe to cycle across provided people are concentrating, but sadly this is often not the case. Hope the chap makes a full and speedy recovery. Notters_Seagull
  • Score: 13

11:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

bensmiths says...

cycling this route most days using the cycle lane provided coming back from the holmbush I can tell you that an awful lot of cars do not indicate when they turn down to go into the Harvester and co-op. I always look over my shoulder to see if a car is indicating, then go across the road when they are not. So many times cars turn off at the first turning on the roundabout coming from Brighton towards Shoreham.
Do not know what happened for this poor fellow but no that a lot of drivers are unable to use indicators and leave you having to guess from their driving style where they are going.
Also a lot drive down to the council estate of this road very fast which is why I guess they had to put in speed bumps. But then speed bumps tend to be in chavy areas don't they.
cycling this route most days using the cycle lane provided coming back from the holmbush I can tell you that an awful lot of cars do not indicate when they turn down to go into the Harvester and co-op. I always look over my shoulder to see if a car is indicating, then go across the road when they are not. So many times cars turn off at the first turning on the roundabout coming from Brighton towards Shoreham. Do not know what happened for this poor fellow but no that a lot of drivers are unable to use indicators and leave you having to guess from their driving style where they are going. Also a lot drive down to the council estate of this road very fast which is why I guess they had to put in speed bumps. But then speed bumps tend to be in chavy areas don't they. bensmiths
  • Score: 10

11:47am Wed 16 Jul 14

spa301 says...

That's one roundabout I would definitely think twice before attempting to cycle round it. It's large, with many exits and needs extra careful attention in a car let alone a bike.
That's one roundabout I would definitely think twice before attempting to cycle round it. It's large, with many exits and needs extra careful attention in a car let alone a bike. spa301
  • Score: 5

11:47am Wed 16 Jul 14

Withdean-er says...

Honda Jazz:

Most likely a myopic 80 year old driver, with the driving skill of Mr.Magoo.
Honda Jazz: Most likely a myopic 80 year old driver, with the driving skill of Mr.Magoo. Withdean-er
  • Score: -9

5:07pm Wed 16 Jul 14

hoveguyactually says...

What is it about so many motorists that they do to signal when entering or leaving a roundabout? Is it sheer laziness? They cause so much confusion and often great danger by not using their indicators, as if other road users are expected to guess what they are planning to do.

The banal comment about the Mr Magoo character just about sums up the usual crass ageist attitude towards older drivers, whereas, in fact, most car accidents are caused by young drivers. Do your homework, mate.
What is it about so many motorists that they do to signal when entering or leaving a roundabout? Is it sheer laziness? They cause so much confusion and often great danger by not using their indicators, as if other road users are expected to guess what they are planning to do. The banal comment about the Mr Magoo character just about sums up the usual crass ageist attitude towards older drivers, whereas, in fact, most car accidents are caused by young drivers. Do your homework, mate. hoveguyactually
  • Score: 6

5:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

stevo!! says...

spa301 wrote:
That's one roundabout I would definitely think twice before attempting to cycle round it. It's large, with many exits and needs extra careful attention in a car let alone a bike.
A cyclist can have all the attention in the world, but it just needs one inattentive motorist for that to be useless.
[quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: That's one roundabout I would definitely think twice before attempting to cycle round it. It's large, with many exits and needs extra careful attention in a car let alone a bike.[/p][/quote]A cyclist can have all the attention in the world, but it just needs one inattentive motorist for that to be useless. stevo!!
  • Score: 7

6:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Shoreham Girl says...

I saw the aftermath of this accident. The bike was just by the slip road onto the flyover and the car just beyond. Whoever's fault it was can we just wish the rider a speedy recovery ? However saying that given the forensics team were there I suspect it was a very serious injury
I saw the aftermath of this accident. The bike was just by the slip road onto the flyover and the car just beyond. Whoever's fault it was can we just wish the rider a speedy recovery ? However saying that given the forensics team were there I suspect it was a very serious injury Shoreham Girl
  • Score: 3

6:39pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Shoreham Girl says...

Apologies if this is posted twice. I saw the aftermath of this accident. The bike was just by the entrance to the slip road to the flyover and the car just beyond. Whoever's fault it is can we all spare a thought for the rider and the driver. The forensic investigation team were there making me think this is a very bad accident. They don't turn up for nothing
Apologies if this is posted twice. I saw the aftermath of this accident. The bike was just by the entrance to the slip road to the flyover and the car just beyond. Whoever's fault it is can we all spare a thought for the rider and the driver. The forensic investigation team were there making me think this is a very bad accident. They don't turn up for nothing Shoreham Girl
  • Score: 2

6:42am Fri 18 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

I have no idea whose fault this was, but roundabouting is one of the biggest banes of any road users life. Here are the correct instructions for using a roundabout, from the Highway Code.

https://www.gov.uk/u
sing-the-road-159-to
-203/roundabouts-184
-to-190

Note that fpr many cyclists the only way around a roundabout is to go the whole way round, even when turning right, and vehicles are required to give way to thm.

I am a firm believer that if ALL road users were to follow the Highway Code, animosity would reduce significantly.
I have no idea whose fault this was, but roundabouting is one of the biggest banes of any road users life. Here are the correct instructions for using a roundabout, from the Highway Code. https://www.gov.uk/u sing-the-road-159-to -203/roundabouts-184 -to-190 Note that fpr many cyclists the only way around a roundabout is to go the whole way round, even when turning right, and vehicles are required to give way to thm. I am a firm believer that if ALL road users were to follow the Highway Code, animosity would reduce significantly. Plantpot
  • Score: 0

6:42am Fri 18 Jul 14

Plantpot says...

I have no idea whose fault this was, but roundabouting is one of the biggest banes of any road users life. Here are the correct instructions for using a roundabout, from the Highway Code.

https://www.gov.uk/u
sing-the-road-159-to
-203/roundabouts-184
-to-190

Note that fpr many cyclists the only way around a roundabout is to go the whole way round, even when turning right, and vehicles are required to give way to thm.

I am a firm believer that if ALL road users were to follow the Highway Code, animosity would reduce significantly.
I have no idea whose fault this was, but roundabouting is one of the biggest banes of any road users life. Here are the correct instructions for using a roundabout, from the Highway Code. https://www.gov.uk/u sing-the-road-159-to -203/roundabouts-184 -to-190 Note that fpr many cyclists the only way around a roundabout is to go the whole way round, even when turning right, and vehicles are required to give way to thm. I am a firm believer that if ALL road users were to follow the Highway Code, animosity would reduce significantly. Plantpot
  • Score: 0

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