EXAMPLES OF RECENT INCIDENTS INVOLVING DISABLED
PEOPLE AND CYCLISTS
The National Federation do have a small Library
of press cuttings relating to incidents:
Blind, deafblind and partially sighted people
are generally unpredictable, as are many elderly pedestrians.
They often do not hear a pedal cycle and if they do, they stop
or walk directly into the vehicle because they have no idea of
its location. That is why it is so important to ensure that the
cyclist is safeguarded from the pedestrian. Disabled people, especially
those with mental problems or visual problems are a greater danger
to the safety of cyclists, because they will protect their space.
Examples of the problem:
A blind long cane user waits at a
bus stop, what he did not know was that a cycle track ran in front
of the bus shelter. When he was aware that the bus was coming
he walked out and knocked a woman cyclist off her pedal cycle
under the wheels of the bus.
A deaf/partially sighted pensioner
with mild Alzheimer's was confronted by three mountain bikers.
Being confused he lashed out with his stick, to keep his safety
space, resulting in two cyclists being seriously injured.
Young mentally handicapped teenager,
was unaware of the concept of moving cyclists and was walking
on a footway when he wandered into the path of a cyclistboth
Female guide dog owner was knocked
down by a youth on a mountain bike. He admitted seeing her but
thought that she would get out of his way. She is now traumatised