Pops wrote:You could question why the bus driver and passengers didn't demand the police being called? Also the cyclist herself, she could have asked for the police or ambulance to be called?
I'm all for helping people but if someone says they are ok, I am not going to persist them and get myself into a situation when it's not needed. Wish I had never of showed concerned in the community now.
dee dee wrote:Pops
the little girl in question is one of the kids in my sisters class-i spoke to her last night and she said she was fine-she did go to the office and apart from a cut knee which required a plaster she was ok.
Thanks for looking out for her
Le Roi wrote:What I had better not ever see is someone intimidating a cyclist into going onto the road.
This may be a youth or challenged person who is not confident on a bicycle.
Le Roi wrote:The statistic for fatalities on the footpath is miniscule both for pedestrians and for cyclists. When you move past the kerb onto the road, whether as a pedestrian simply crossing to the other side or walking/cycling along the roadside, the statistics are significant enough to call carnage. In particular the mid teen cyclist age group are in extreme danger of death. I remember how shocked we all were in our year when we lost a great school chum to a clumsy motorist. The death of a child breaks many hearts big and small and Ill bet there is hardly a school the length of the land which doesn’t have a similar tale.
What I had better not ever see is someone intimidating a cyclist into going onto the road. This may be a youth or challenged person who is not confident on a bicycle. Perhaps their guardian has instructed them not to go onto the road. If your adult instruction causes them to be killed on the road then no amount of ‘justification’ will restore their life. Period.
I suggest the people who think cyclists ‘need shooting’ should look at the statistics and realise that cyclists are being killed all the time – shooting wouldn’t kill them any deader than being struck by a lorry. Cyclists are not the danger – the numbers do not support it.
Incidentally the statistic for pedestrians killed on the footpath is not due to cyclists. Surprised?
As I am most days a motorcyclist I get an excellent view of the antics of pedestrians on the road. Stupid and dangerous their jaywalking and ‘red man crossing’ may be - this does not cause me to stir up or incite resentment. I manage to mind my driving and accommodate others. I’m just amazed by people who live in cities but don’t like people. Cyclists and pedestrians are actually people, not everybody seems to be aware of that.
Thanks Edward for using my post to remind people that young lives are at stake and the price of intolerance can be measured in broken hearts. Thanks for noticing that the ‘cyclist bashing’ goes on regardless of the lack of logic or statistical support behind it. They simply will not listen. To me the definition of prejudice is an unfounded hatred of something that one does not understand. Without logic or statistical support means without understanding. I call it the ‘cry of the ignorant’!
BTW the last time I saw someone cycling on the footpath it was a pair of PSCO’s. They were cycling slowly and responsibly but I don’t think the uniform makes them better or worse than any competent cyclist. I felt like welcoming them around where I live – not shooting them.
So please beware of ‘educating’ people until you have absorbed the meaning of the following:
PS With regard to OP and the cyclist who struck a pedestrian (young girl in this instance) on the footpath, the police should have been involved. Cycle/Pedestrian collisions are rare but should always be reported.
eDWaRD WooDWaRD wrote:As far as pedestrians walking int the road are concerned: they may be distracted, day dreaming or simply not very bright, however their behaviour is not deliberate, whereas a cyclist jumping a red light, cycling on the pavement or driving the wrong way up a one way street makes a deliberate decision to do so and therefore has no excuse.
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