The number of people in the UK commuting by bicycle or simply riding them for pleasure is on the up, which, despite the positive affect of cutting congestion, has spurred an unprecedented wave of accidents as bikes and vehicles collide.
Last weekend saw an estimated 20,000 cyclists take to the road for the annual Prudential Bike Ride in London, an event celebrated as “one of the greatest cycling events in the world”. However, the event didn't go without it's injuries.
A cyclist has been found on a road in Tickenham with a head injury but no memory of what happened to him. Police are appealing for witnesses to help to find out what happened to the man who was found on the B3130 Tickenham.
He was discovered on the ground by a speed camera and it is believed he had been cycling from the village to Clevedon when the accident happened.
The disclosure follows the death of a 20-year-old woman who died after she collided with a lorry while riding a Boris Bike– the first fatality since the bicycles were introduced in London.
A total of £112,420.84 has been handed out in compensation since Boris Bikes scheme was introduced in July 2010.
Record compensation has been given to the family of a businessman who was killed in a collision with a car. The father-of-four was hit by a driver who subsequently fled the scene.
The driver later handed herself in and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and admitted drinking a large glass of wine before the accident, in which her car overturned.
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